Four Die In Separate High-Speed Crashes
|Two crumpled up, blood-covered wrecks sat side-by-side in the parking lot of the 100 Precinct stationhouse as a chilling reminder of two high-speed car crashes this week that took the lives of four people and left one critically injured.|
One of the cars, a white 1986 Ford Mustang - with everything rear of the door hinges destroyed - crashed in a drag race on Shore Front Parkway at about 7:50 p.m. Tuesday night, killing the driver, 22-year-old Carlos Feria. His "opponent," who also lost control but survived, is facing criminal charges.
Feria was drag racing along a traffic-light-free stretch with Louis DeCarolis Sr., 44, the owner of a 1994 Mustang, police said. The Mustangs sideswiped at Beach 71 Street - putting Feria on a collision course with death and sending DeCarolis off the roadway and into a park bench.
DeCarolis' son, Louis Jr., 19, witnessed the hell ride from the passenger seat.
The elder DeCarolis, of 109-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, was arrested at the scene and charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. He was awaiting arraignment at press time.
The Highlander SUV was driven by Stanislaw Chelminiski, who had his wife and three sons in the vehicle. They were taken to Peninsula Hospital Center and treated for minor back and neck injuries, police said.
That crash happened less than 24 hours after a deadly accident Monday night on Cross Bay Boulevard.
A beige Mercury Mystique - its roof sheared off by rescue workers and part of its body molded in the shape of the tree that it struck - served as the reminder of that crash in which three Brooklyn residents were killed and the driver, also of Brooklyn, was severely injured.
The Mystique was so badly damaged that it was almost impossible to determine its make; Police and various news reports misidentified it.
Police and a witness said 20-year-old James Medina was traveling northbound at an excessive speed when he lost control and slammed into a tree on the east side of the boulevard, about 500 yards north of the traffic light at the entrance to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.
Kiall Llewellyn, 21, and Randy Torlery, 23, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Jewel Waldren, 16, and Medina, the driver, were taken to Jamaica Hospital. Waldren was pronounced dead on arrival, and Medina is in critical condition, police said.
A Honda Accord crashed Tuesday in the
same spot on Cross Bay Boulevard where three were killed and one was
seriously injured late Monday night.
The crash brought traffic in the northbound lanes to a crawl for about an hour. The extent of the injuries in that crash were unknown by The Wave at press time.