The intersection of Gates Ave and Vanderbilt Ave where the crash occurred. Photo: Google Maps

Brooklyn man Tyrik Mott, 29, has been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree manslaughter and numerous other charges after he allegedly drove against traffic on a one-way street and collided with another vehicle, striking a family that was crossing the street with a stroller.

A baby, 3-month-old Apolline Mong Guillemin, died and her mother sustained serious injuries.

The crash happened on September 11, around 6:00pm when Mott allegedly drove a Honda Civic eastbound on a portion of Gates Avenue that is a westbound one-way street. He entered the intersection at Vanderbilt Avenue, a two-way street, and collided with another Honda Civic driving north with the light. The two cars then struck a couple crossing Gates Avenue inside the crosswalk with a stroller, an investigation found.

Three-month-old Apolline Mong Guillemin died of her injuries and her mother suffered serious injuries and was taken to Methodist Hospital. Her father sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the Honda the defendant collided with was also injured.

After the crash, the Mott allegedly ran out of his vehicle and fled on foot, throwing away a dark colored jersey he was wearing. He then allegedly attempted to carjack a Hyundai Santa Fe on Atlantic Avenue, about two blocks away. As he was doing so, he was apprehended by responding police officers. His driver’s license was suspended at the time of the incident.

District Attorney Gonzalez said Mott allegedly drove in a shockingly reckless and criminal manner and “destroyed a family in a matter of seconds.”

“A young baby lost her life and her mother suffered life-altering injuries in a case of vehicular violence that simply cannot be tolerated,” he said.

“We intend to now seek justice for little Apolline and will continue to aggressively prosecute unlawful drivers who show disregard for the rules of the road and for the lives of everyone using Brooklyn’s streets.”

Mott was arraigned by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on a 22-count indictment in which he is charged with first- and second-degree assault, second-degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of an incident, reckless endangerment, and related charges.

He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the top count. Bail was set at $150,000 cash or $350,000 bond and he was ordered to return to court on November 30, 2021. 

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