In connection with the horrible collision outside Boro Park that left two people dead and five injured, a Coney Island man driving without a license is currently being detained.
Vitaliy Konoplyov, 49, was accused of manslaughter on two counts and of being an aggravating unlicensed operator. When he ran a red light at the junction of 18th Avenue and 64th Street at around 12:45 PM on March 20th, police said he was not under the influence of narcotics or alcohol.
The Toyota Camry being driven by Konoplyov ran a red light while speeding, colliding with several automobiles, one of which jumped the curb and struck a 61-year-old pedestrian.
Both the pedestrian and the 51-year-old driver of the Honda CRV that was the initial vehicle Konoplyov struck were pronounced dead at the site.
Five persons were sent to local hospitals, including Konoplyov, with a 49-year-old Honda passenger in critical condition. At this time, the victims’ names have not been made public.
Cars parked on the roadway were struck by twisted fragments of the torn-apart autos flying through the air.
As the Camry drove into the Honda, Vito Conigliaro told the NY Daily News that he witnessed the car flying down the street and heard a massive explosion.
Conigliaro, a neighboring pizza employee, claimed that the collision sent a Camry passenger in the back seat flying into the front seat.
Conigliaro remarked, “His head went through the windshield. It protruded from the windscreen.
The priority areas for the city’s Vision Zero initiative were 18th Avenue, but it was recently taken off the list.