Unlicensed Driver Charged With Manslaughter After Deadly Crash That Killed Two

Unlicensed Driver Charged With Manslaughter After Deadly Crash That Killed Two

by M.C. Millman

The unlicensed Brooklyn driver who sped through a traffic light at 18th Avenue and 64th Street yesterday, leaving two dead and five people hospitalized, was charged with manslaughter this morning.

Vitaliy Konoplyov, age 49,  a Brooklyn resident, was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle after his Toyota Camry blew through a red light at 64th Street around 12:45 p.m. and T-boned a Honda CRV heading east on 64th Street. 

The 51-year-old driver of the Honda CRV inadvertently struck a 60-year-old woman who was crossing the intersection. The pedestrian and Honda driver were both taken to Maimonides hospital. Both died.

Of the five other victims, one is in serious condition, while four others are expected to survive.

Konoplyov was not seriously harmed during the accident after striking a Chevy Equinox driven by a 71-year-old man before launching onto the sidewalk and being brought to a sudden stop after hitting a light pole.

Wreckage from multiple vehicles involved in the crash scattered over the street and sidewalks, damaging parked vehicles.

Konoplyov’s arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court is pending as of this morning, and the investigation remains ongoing.


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