A Bushwick man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide for allegedly killing Matthew Jensen in a hit and run in Greenpoint last May, according to Brooklyn’s district attorney.

58-year-old Jensen, a teacher at P.S. 110 in Greenpoint, was crossing at the intersection of McGuiness Boulevard and Bayard Street around 1:00am on May 18, 2021 when Tariq Witherspoon allegedly struck him in his Rolls Royce and fled the scene, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said Tuesday.

Jensen succumbed to his injuries.

“Matthew Jensen was a beloved teacher at P.S.110 who is sorely missed by his students, co-workers, friends and family,” Gonzalez said.

“We will now seek to bring this defendant to justice for his alleged actions, which left a community heartbroken.”

Witherspoon is charged with criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and excessive speed.

He is being held on a bail of $75,000 bond or $15,000 cash, to return to court on April 27, 2022.

Anna Bradley-Smith

Anna Bradley-Smith is Brooklyn-based reporter with bylines in NBC, VICE, Slate and others. Follow her on Twitter @annabradsmith.

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