On Tuesday, police said an out-of-control driver without a license who allegedly caused a chain reaction accident that killed two people in Brooklyn has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Police said Vitaly Konoplev, 49, was also charged with two counts of an unlicensed aggravated operation on a wild, filmed shipwreck that occurred in Bensonhurst early Monday morning.
According to law enforcement officers, a 51-year-old man died, whose car was allegedly hit by Konoplev, as well as a 60-year-old woman crossing the street. Four more were injured.
The series of crashes began around 12:50 p.m., when Konoplev allegedly turned on a red light while driving his 2015 Toyota Camry south on 18th Avenue, approaching the 64th Street intersection.
It then crashed into the driver’s side of a 2016 Honda HRV driven by a 51-year-old man who was driving east on 64th Street and running a green light, authorities said.
Disturbing surveillance footage shows two cars colliding and spinning out of control, one slamming onto the sidewalk and the other into the street.
The Honda driver suffered head and body injuries and was later pronounced dead at the Maimonides Medical Center, police said.
The Honda then spun around, hitting a 60-year-old woman who was crossing 18th Avenue with a traffic signal in her favor, police said.
Police said she was found lying on the street with head and body injuries and taken to the same hospital, where she was also pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, Konoplev continued to move and veered to the right, crashing into the rear passenger side of a 2021 Chevy Equinox driven by a 71-year-old man, police said.
According to police, Konoplev from Coney Island crashed into a traffic light, causing his Toyota to stop.
The force of the impact sent parts of his car flying into the windshield of a parked and unattended 2021 Chevy Traverse SUV, police said.
The NYPD said the fatal victims were not immediately publicly identified until their families were notified.
According to the police, the rest of the passengers of the affected vehicles were hospitalized in a stable condition.
On Tuesday, it was unclear what caused Konoplev to allegedly lose control of his car.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.