Driver Charged in Deadly Speeding Crash Near Boro Park

By Matis Glenn

FDNY examining the driver’s vehicle. (Levi “Zuppy” Zupnik)

The alleged unlicensed driver of a vehicle that recklessly sped through the Boro Park-Bensonhurst border Monday, killing two people and injuring five others, has been charged with manslaughter, according to the NYPD.

Vitaliy Konoplyov, 49, of Coney Island, allegedly drove his Toyota Camry down 18th Avenue at high speeds around 12:40 p.m., running multiple red lights and crashing into a Honda HRV in the 64th street intersection. The HRV spun out, hitting a woman who was crossing 18th Avenue. The HRV driver, 51, and the woman, 60, were killed.

The Camry proceeded through the intersection, and slammed into another vehicle, a Chevy Equinox, driven by a 71-year-old man, injuring him.

A total of five people were injured, one in critical condition and four stable. Police did not provide exact details as to which of the injured were in which vehicle, or if any were pedestrians. EMT’s transported the injured to local hospitals.

The Camry came to a final rest on the sidewalk after striking a traffic signal pole on the southwest corner of the intersection.

A parked 2021 Chevy Traverse was damaged by flung car parts.

Video footage shows that moments before the crash, the Camry sped through the busy intersection of 18th Avenue and 60th street, narrowly missing vehicles cars as it drove against a red light.

Konoplyov was charged with manslaughter and aggravated unlicensed operator.

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