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Teen Driver Facing Manslaughter Charges in 4-Year-Old's Death Arrested Again

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The teenager accused of killing a 4-year-old girl last year has been arrested again.

Authorities say 18-year old Franklin Reyes was taken into custody on Sunday after police say he made an illegal left turn at 181st Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights.

When officers pulled Reyes over and approached his vehicle, authorities say Reyes then pulled off with one officer's arm inside of his car, dragging him around 100 feet.

Officer Edward O'Connell suffered injuries to his left wrist and elbow.

Reyes then allegedly struck another car and nearly hit a pedestrian before he pulled over and allegedly attempted to strike another officer.

He faces numerous charges, including second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Reyes is already facing manslaughter charges for the death of Ariel Russo in June of 2013.

Officials say Reyes was fleeing police when his SUV jumped the curb, killing Russo and injuring her grandmother as they were walking on the Upper West Side.

He was also charged with petit larceny charge in a separate incident earlier this year.

An attorney for the girl's parents said they're shocked by the new arrest and that Reyes should not be treated as a youthful offender.

"I ask that he please, give him the maximum. He deserves the maximum," said Alan Russo, Ariel Russo's father "Fifteen years from now, he'll still be alive. My daughter will not be alive."

"I feel like he has no remorse for what he did and he does not deserve youthful offender treatment and he does not deserve a lighter sentence because he has no regard for the safety of others," said Sofia Russo, Ariel Russo's mother.

The Russos have filed a wrongful death suit against the city because they say a delay in getting an ambulance to her contributed to her death.

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