On Tuesday, police said an unlicensed driver caused a horrific crash in Brooklyn caught on camera that killed two and hospitalized five people.
Vitaly Konoplev has also been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in connection with Monday’s afternoon crash at 18th Avenue and 64th Street in Bensonhurst.
Konoplev, 49, was driving south on 18th Avenue in his Toyota Camry when, around 12:45 p.m., he ran a red light on 64th Street and crashed into an eastbound Honda CRV on 64th Street, causing a fatal injury. chain Reaction, the policemen said.
According to police, Konoplev lives on Coney Island. He was not seriously injured and remained in place until he was taken into custody.
“He flew in here,” Vito Conigliaro, who works at a nearby pizzeria, told the Daily News on Monday. “There was a big explosion… It hit a car, then a lamppost and flew onto the pavement.”
Police said a 51-year-old Honda CRV driver got out of control and hit a 60-year-old woman crossing an intersection.
“She was covered in blood on the floor,” Conigliaro said of the pedestrian. “They beat her in the chest, but she didn’t react.”
Konopleva’s Toyota turned right and crashed into a passing Chevy Equinox driven by a 71-year-old man, after which it jumped over the sidewalk and crashed into a lamppost. This is a shocking surveillance video obtained by the Daily News.
“There were two passengers in the cabin. [Toyota]Conigliaro said. “The guy from behind flew into the front, and his head broke through the windshield. It was sticking out of the windshield.”
Parts of wrecked cars flew through the air, falling on parked cars on a busy shopping street.
The 60-year-old pedestrian who hit her and the 51-year-old Honda driver were taken to the Maimonides Hospital, where both died.
Another victim was taken to the same hospital, where a man was clinging to life on Tuesday. Four more people were taken to area hospitals and are expected to survive, police said.
“Every time a person dies on our streets, the affected families and communities need us for swift justice,” Selven Brooks-Powers, chairwoman of the City Council Transportation Committee, said Monday. “Beyond the courtroom, this should also include looking into where street safety infrastructure improvements can help save lives.”
The city’s Department of Transportation identified 18th Avenue as a priority corridor for improving street safety, but announced last month that it was removing the corridor from its Vision Zero Priority Corridors list.
Konoplev was expected to be charged in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Tuesday.
With Evan Simko-Bednarsky