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Bronx moped rider fleeing NYPD stop over illegal plate dies in crash

A moped rider being pursued by police NYPD cops for an illegal plate died during a horrific crash near the Bronx Zoo, cops said Wednesday.

The fatality comes as the NYPD wrapped up a massive 10-day crack down on illegal two-wheeled rides, seizing more than 1,600 mopeds, motorcycles, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles that were not registered or had improper license plates.

The 34-year-old man was riding his gas-powered 2018 Yamaha moped when members of the NYPD Bronx Auto Larceny squad tried to pull him over about 9 p.m. Tuesday for having an illegal plate and for riding recklessly, a police source said.

The man refused to pull over and sped off, police said. Cops briefly chased after him but called off the pursuit when he turned the wrong way down a one-way street, speeding down the sidewalk, officials said.

Moments later, the moped rider was heading north on Barker Ave. —when he blew a red light at Waring Ave., about a block from the Bronx Zoo, and was struck by a passing Kia driver.

The impact sent the moped rider veering out of control into a parked Honda Pilot. He was thrown from his moped, landing in a heap on the asphalt.

Responding cops took him into custody but he began to suffer some kind of medical episode, police sources said. Cops did chest compressions on him before medics rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center, where he died. His name was not immediately released.

The 19-year-old woman driving the Kia was not seriously harmed, cops said.

An NYPD investigation into the police pursuit and crash is ongoing.

The pursuit came as the NYPD continue its ongoing campaign to rid the city of “ghost vehicles” with fake, stolen or altered license plates. These “ghost vehicles” are often used in crimes, police said.

Just three hours before the crash, four men were shot, one fatally, in the Bronx by two men riding mopeds near E. Mount Eden and Townsend Aves. No arrests have been made in that shooting, which is believed to be gang related.

The moped rider who fatally crashed had no connection to the shooting, cops said.

The NYPD’s community response team had been working in the Bronx for the last couple of weeks “going aggressively after people on scooters,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Operations Kaz Daughtry said at a news conference following the Tuesday night shooting.

“As a result of this incident we’re going to be bringing back our community response teams and they’ll be focusing primarily on individuals riding around on illegal scooters, dirt bikes and ATVs,” he added.

Since the start of the year, the NYPD has removed 9,500 scooters, dirt bikes and ATVs from city streets, according to Daughtry.

Of those vehicles, 2,500 were seized in the Bronx, he said. Citywide, police have issued 989 summonses and arrested 1,300 people as a result of the confiscations.

“There is a direct relation to people riding around on illegal scooters and committing crimes,” NYPD Assistant Chief Benjamin Gurley said.


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