2004-09-10 / Front Page

One Killed, One Charged In Belt Crash

Case Goes To Brooklyn Grand Jury This Week


A Brooklyn grand jury will decide if a Rockaway teenager, whose alleged reckless driving led to the death of a 14-year-old acquaintance last Sunday night, will stand trial for manslaughter.

Ilir Reci, an 18-year-old Rockaway resident was driving a Chevrolet Camaro westbound on the Belt Parkway when he lost control of the vehicle, which then struck the median and flipped into the eastbound lanes.

One of his passengers, Becky Latwaitis, 14, was thrown from the back seat of the vehicle and was struck by a Lexus as she lay in the roadway. The young girl, a Beach Channel High School student and Howard Beach resident, was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital about three hours later.

It was unclear if she was wearing a seatbelt.

Reci, of 138-11 Beach Channel Drive, is charged with second degree manslaughter, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

A motorist, who Reci passed in the westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway just before 8 p.m., told police the teen was weaving in and out of traffic aggressively and was speeding just before the accident.

An unidentified male, who rode in the front passenger seat, reportedly received a cut on his right hand.

Reci’s bail was set at $20,000. cash or bond, according to a spokesperson for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Reci could not be reached for comment. The case against him will go before a grand jury on Friday.

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