A New York state trooper was indicted for murder in connection with the death of an 11-year-old Brooklyn girl on the New York State Thruway last December, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Christopher Baldner allegedly rammed into a vehicle that had fled a traffic stop, causing it to flip over, killing young Monica Goods, Attorney General Letitia James wrote in a Wednesday press release.
Baldner had pulled over the girl’s father, Tristan Goods, for speeding in Ulster County on the night of Dec. 22, 2020.
At some point during the traffic stop, Baldner deployed pepper spray in the car. Tristan, his wife Monica, and the girl’s 12-year-old sister were also in the car.
Tristan then sped away and Baldner pursued the scofflaw with a vengeance — twice ramming his patrol car into the back of the Goods’ vehicle at a high rate of speed, according to the state’s top prosecutor.
The second impact cause the car to flip over several times and ejected Monica, killing her, James alleged.
Baldner, 43, was charged with second-degree murder, along with manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges, prosecutors said. He faces 25 years to life in prison.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Jesse O’Neill