Video: 2 killed after high-speed crash launches car down sidewalk
Two people were killed and others were injured when a car barreled into a Brooklyn intersection Monday afternoon, hitting another car and spinning down a sidewalk.
The car’s 49-year-old alleged driver, Vitality Konoplyov, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter and aggravated unlicensed operator, CBS News reported.
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Surveillance footage published by local news outlets shows a white Toyota Camry, allegedly driven by Konoplyov, speeding through a red light. The Camry strikes the driver’s side of a black SUV in the intersection and bounces off a light pole, which sends it spinning along a sidewalk toward pedestrians.
Footage shows the black SUV was sent flying down the road, bouncing on two of its wheels and spinning with the force of the impact. The white Camry came to a stop on the sidewalk and could be seen with shattered glass and a mangled grille with pieces littered nearby.
The two people killed were a 60-year-old female pedestrian and the 49-year-old driver of the black SUV, both of whom died after being taken to Maimonides Medical Center, NBC New York reported. Five other injured people, including one in critical condition, were transported to hospitals.
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Some witnesses said the white Camry appeared to be moving at double the speed limit, CBS reported.
“I’ve never [seen] an accident like this in my life. The guy had to come really, really fast,” a witness who was standing nearby said. “It’s incredible.”
Other residents commented on the seemingly careless driving of the white Camry, which swerved to avoid one car in the intersection before striking the black SUV.
“We need to put people in jail and keep them off the streets,” Carmine Lomonaco said, adding that they were “disgusted and frightened” by the incident.
“It’s disgusting. They have no regard for human life anymore,” Florence Kehoe said.