2 arrested, accused of drag racing in fatal Rochester hit-and-run

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two Rochester men have been arrested after a bicyclist was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Jay Street in March.

On Wednesday, 18-year old Benzino Reed was charged with second degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence. A second man, 21-year-old Michael Nash, was arrested on the same charges Thursday.

According to the Rochester Police Department, on March 11, around 10:15 p.m. Reed and Nash were drag racing down Jay Street when the vehicle Reed was driving struck a bicyclist. Investigators say they fled the scene.

Officers responded to Jay Street for the report of an bicyclist struck and found 57-year-old Kerry Traver in the roadway with severe trauma to his body. Traver was taken to the University of Rochester Medical Center, but ultimately died as a result of his injuries.

Investigators said Reed and Nash worked together and attempted to conceal the car from police by selling it to Northside Salvage Yard and having the car crushed.

Reed was remanded to the Monroe County Jail and arraigned on Thursday. Nash, who is on probation for a previous conviction, will be arraigned on Friday.

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