New York man extradited to Broward after cyclist died in crash last year

WESTON, Florida – A 24-year-old man from Syracuse, New York, was extradited to Broward County on Tuesday to face charges in connection with an accident in Weston that left a cyclist dead last year.

Oion Johnson was arrested in New York City in December. He faces charges of homicide driving and reckless driving causing damage to property or person.

According to his arrest report, Johnson claimed he fell asleep while driving a 2014 Kia ​​Optima on May 23, 2021, having little or no sleep in the 36 hours leading up to the crash that left Sunny LaValle, 44 years old, dead.

Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Johnson had also consumed alcoholic beverages before the crash, and a witness told MPs Johnson admitted to rolling down the window while driving in an attempt to stay awake.

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According to the arrest report, Johnson hit LaValle around 8 a.m. that morning while she was cycling in the 3200 block of Bonaventura Boulevard.

Authorities said LaValle was riding on the designated bike path at the time of the crash.

Authorities said they had probable reasons to arrest Johnson due to his admission that he had difficulty staying awake before the crash, as well as his “intermittent drinking” before the crash.

He appeared in court on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody in lieu of $ 60,000 bail. If he posts bond he will be allowed to return to New York City pending trial, however, he will be required to surrender his passport and will not be allowed to drive or consume alcohol or intoxicants of any kind. that is.

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