Police: Yonkers man who intentionally hit teen with car charged with manslaughter

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A Yonkers man has been charged with manslaughter after police say he intentionally ran over a 16-year-old girl and killed her Wednesday.

Police say Madysen Denman, a student at Roosevelt High School, was declared dead at the scene after being intentionally run over on Nepperhan Avenue by 22-year-old Joel Thompson.

Police say Thompson was involved in a violent fight Wednesday morning in front of 354 Nepperhan Ave. around 9:30 a.m. They say after the fight, Thompson intentionally drove his 2006 Toyota Corolla on the sidewalk and headed for a group of people, some of whom were involved in the fight.

Witnesses say Denman was trying to push people behind a gate as the car came barreling toward them.

"She was the last one to go inside the gate and the car hit her," says witness Harry Bannister.

Police say Thompson drove off but was found by officers a short time later while driving on Saw Mill River Road.

Thompson, who was arraigned on charges of manslaughter, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

He is being held without bail and is due back in court Jan. 24.

If convicted, Thompson faces up to 25 years in prison.

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