A West Islip man has been indicted on charges he crashed his vehicle into a 15-year-old boy on a bicycle, killing him, following a road-rage incident last year.

Dennis Grabhorn, Jr. was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving, criminal possession of a controlled substance and traffic violations.

Prosecutors said the 34-year-old was cutting off another vehicle near on the Sunrise Highway service in West Islip when he struck Thomas Labetti, who was riding his bike on the southbound side of Udall Road on Sept.11.

The victim died 17 days later. The driver Grabhorn had cut off allegedly had cut him off at a red light before the crash.

Grabhorn’s bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.


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