BELLPORT, Long Island (WABC) -- The driver of a minivan that crashed into a dirt bike in North Bellport, killing two, was arraigned on a reckless endangerment charge in court in Central Islip Friday morning.
The judge set bail for 27-year-old Christopher Bouchard, of Mastic Beach, at $200,000, which angered family members of the victims who wanted bail denied.
Bouchard reportedly saw two men on his brother's stolen dirt bike and followed them, ultimately striking the bike with his minivan. Prosecutors say Bouchard sped up and, when the motorcycle slowed down, crossed two lanes into oncoming traffic before slamming into them on Montauk Highway.
Anthony Garriques, 20, and 19-year-old Keenen King died as a result of the crash. Police say after the collision, bouchard put the dirt bike into his minivan and tried to drive away.
He is charged with reckless endangerment. His brother, 31-year-old Brian Bouchard, was also in the minivan at the time. He was not charged, although the case is expected to be put before a grand jury. That could lead to upgraded charges.
Relatives of the two dead men expressed their outrage after the brief hearing.
"I've got to bury my son, for a dirt bike?" mom Lina Garriques said. "I'll eat dirt before I let my son's memory go down when he got tragically murdered."
King was set to graduate from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach this weekend. A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night.
"They murders," Lina Garriques said. "They took the law into their own hands. This boy ain't never been convicted of anything."
Christopher Bouchard's attorney said it's unlikely his client will be able to post bail.
"He was charged with reckless endangerment, which is not an intentional crime," attorney John Halverson said. "And I can tell you after speaking with my client, there was certainly no intent to hurt anybody."
Authorities say it is still under investigation whether the two men actually stole the bike.
Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Mom of Long Island van crash victim: 'I've got to bury my son, over a dirt bike?'
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