The Long Island man accused of mowing down two men who stole his brother’s dirt bike — killing both in broad daylight with his minivan — has pleaded not guilty to reckless endangerment.
Christopher Bouchard, 27, was ordered held on $200,000 cash bail or $400,000 bond on Friday during his arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip, according to Newsday.
He was arrested Wednesday shortly after the crash on Montauk Highway in North Bellport.
Witnesses have recalled seeing Bouchard driving rapidly behind the two victims after spotting them both on his brother’s stolen dirt bike.
While pursuing the pair, he allegedly hit the back of the motorcycle — sending both men flying.
Several people told Newsday that Bouchard, who was with his brother, Brian, appeared to intentionally strike the bike.
Keenan King, 19, of Shirley, was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger, Anthony Holmes-Garriques, 20, of North Bellport was “gravely injured.” He later died at Stony Brook University Hospital.
Police are reportedly still investigating the incident and trying to decide whether Bouchard intentionally struck the bike.
He has been charged with reckless endangerment, which is not considered an intentional crime. His brother was never detained.
“The defendant sped up, when the motorcycle slowed down,” Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Raymond Varuolo explained in court.
“They turned to look at the minivan,” he said. “The minivan at a high rate of speed then crossed two lanes, a center turning lane and into the oncoming traffic lane, where it struck the rear of the motorcycle, causing the two gentlemen to fly off the motorcycle.”
Bouchard’s lawyer, John Halverson, told Newsday his client never meant to harm anyone.
“It’s an absolute, absolute tragedy and there was never any intention to hurt anybody,” he said. “He was charged with reckless endangerment, which is not an intentional crime. And I can…