49-year-old man charged after pedestrian, driver killed in Brooklyn crash

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023
49-year-old charged after pedestrian, driver killed in Brooklyn crash
Vitaliy Konoplyov is facing charges after a pedestrian and the driver of a car were killed in a crash in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Lucy Yang has more.

BENSONHURST, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A 49-year-old man from Brooklyn is facing charges after a pedestrian and the driver of another vehicle were killed in a multi-car crash in Bensonhurst on Monday.

The crash was reported at 64th Street and 18th Ave just before 1 p.m.

Vitaliy Konoplyov is charged with two counts of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, officials said Tuesday.

Police say Konoplyov's speeding 2015 Toyota Camry blew a red light and struck one of the victim's Honda HRV, which spun out of control into the pedestrian in the crosswalk.

The 60-year-old woman crossing the street and the 51-year-old man driving the Honda were killed while at least five other people were injured.

The Camry continued on, striking a third vehicle -- and injuring the 71-year-old driver -- before coming to a rest on the sidewalk after hitting a pole.

Parts from the Camry damaged a parked vehicle with no one inside.

A 32-year-old man and 46-year-old man were both passengers in Konoplyov's vehicle. One of them was nearly ejected through the windshield, but both suffered minor injuries.

A roommate of one of the men in the Camry says he doesn't know how he knows the driver or where they were heading. His roommate is still hospitalized.

New video obtained by Eyewitness News on Tuesday showed the scene four blocks away as the suspect's vehicle blew through red lights and missed other vehicles by inches.

"All those people you see crossing the street are lucky, they are, there's a guy with a shopping cart, there's a guy on a bike, an older man on a bike, you see the trucks, the vehicles, the minivans," local business owner David Farkish said. "How many people could have been killed or hurt?"

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