FOREST HILLS (WABC) -- A 17-year-old driver was taken into custody in the crash that killed a Queens couple Tuesday morning.
The victims' Acura collided with a Mercedes Benz in the front yard of the home at the Grand Central Parkway service road at 69th Road.
The victims, 55-year-old Ki Kim and 52-year-old Hyekyung Kim of Kew Gardens, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The 17-year-old driver of Mercedes Benz, Jacob Chubalashzili, was taken into custody at the hospital. He was not driving while intoxicated, police said, but the investigation was continuing. Charges were pending.
Neighbors came out of their homes outraged when they heard about the accident. Outraged, but not surprised.
The Acura was sliced in half when a collision with a Mercedes sent it barreling into a guard rail support. Car parts littered Sergei Petkhov's front yard.
"Basically it's like a war zone here," he said. "This intersection... people just lost their lives for nothing."
One after the other, neighbors told us that the intersection of Grand Central Parkway service road and 69th Road is a place of constant carnage.
"Accidents every week, sometimes several times a day," Petkhov said.
The problem, neighbors told Eyewitness News, is two-fold. Foliage blocks drivers' visibility and cars coming right off the highway don't shake their appetite for speed soon enough. They try to make a light without being able to see what's coming at them.
"We feel strongly. Take the shrubbery down and save accidents from happening," Ari Rendel said.