Two killed in crash
A boozed-up Sheepshead Bay motorist was charged with vehicular manslaughter after his actions behind the wheel led to the deaths of two women.
Officials said that the victims, ages 24 ad 33, were riding in the back of a 1996 Infiniti at 3:30 a.m. on January 10 when driver Oleg Pantchenko, a resident of Avenue Z, lost control of the wheel.
Horrified witnesses said that the vehicle hit a guardrail on the eastbound Belt Parkway near Fourth Avenue and 80th Street, and careened across three lanes of traffic, striking several cars as they passed.
The Infiniti ultimately came to a stop when it slammed into the middle median. The force of the impact was so severe that the two young women were ejected from the car, officials said.
The women died at the scene, said police. A woman in the front seat was taken to Lutheran Medical Center where she was listed in stable condition after treatment.
Pantchenko, who managed to escape any serious injury, was taken into custody once police learned that he had allegedly been drinking before the accident.