Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Force of crash splits car in half

Eyewitness News

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.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

17 year olds can't vote, can't drink but can drive a deadly weapon. makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

The need for speed, and he intimidation factor that goes along with it, is a key factor in 90% of fatal auto accidents in my estimation.

18 year olds can't drink, but they can kill people in the army. No sense, either.

www.forgotten-ny.com

Anonymous said...

this guy had to flying down the road to have split that car in two

Anonymous said...

The corner of 68 Avenue and Groton Street is the same exact situation; waiting for a death. Cars speed along Groton, and the drivers know that there is no full stop until they get to Yellowstone, then the drivers and bikers on 68 Ave. just run the stop because they can't see the oncoming traffic due to the shrubs! Melinda Katz doesn't want to do anything about it!

ew-3 said...

The 18 year olds in the military have serious training and serious leadership. Not the same as a high school dropout from Brooklyn.
Where did a 17 year old get a Mercedes? Isn't the age for a license in the city 18 unless they have taken driver ed?
Time to talk to the parents. My guess is spoiled brat with zero common sense.
Put him into the USMC for 3 years. Otherwise he will continue to be a loser. Since Mommy/Daddy must have leant him the Mercedes I bet they have a great lawyer and the kid will walk.

Anonymous said...

I pray for my Korean Brother & Sister who were murdered by this careless young man. Tragic.

Anonymous said...

From NY1:

Teen Charged In Connection With Queens Car Crash

August 05, 2008

A teenager who took a friend's car without permission was charged in connection with a deadly accident that killed two in Queens this morning.

The Queens district attorney's office say around 5:30 this morning, a 17-year-old boy who took his friend's Mercedes without permission traveled eastbound on the Grand Central Parkway service road and hit an Acura going northbound on 69th Road in Forest Hills.

Prosecutors say the boy admitted to smoking marijuana before he got behind the wheel, and allege that he blew through a red light at the site of accident and cut the car in half.

Two people in the Acura, who were believed to be husband and wife, were killed instantly. One other person was injured.

The teen is charged with two counts of second degree manslaughter, along with other charges including driving without a license.

http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=1&aid=84544

Kurt said...

That's a common problem, called velocitization. Our body and mental state become very comfortable at one speed and often carry this comfort into a different speed zone.

Anonymous said...

"We feel strongly. Take the shrubbery down and save accidents from happening."

That's an awesome solution. Oh, sure.. remove the shrubbery.. add more concrete to the Bukharian-Jew / McMansion neighborhood.. so speeding a*holes have a better view of the intersection.

italian girl said...

The foliage may be part of the problem, but the biggest problem was the obvious high speed of the Mercedes. What in the world does a 17 year old need a Mercedes for? A Civic or Corolla not good enough? The parents should be partly to blame for their obvious lack of judgment. There's no excuse for this. Everyone knows kids that young have no sense and a boy with a car like that would only want to show off and see how fast he could go. I can remember pulling stupid crap like that when I got my license. Thank God I never got into an accident.

17 yr old + license = trouble

Anonymous said...

"17 yr old + license = trouble"

Actually if you read the NY1 article, he borrowed someone's car without their permission AND did not have a valid driver's license either.

Anonymous said...

Bukharian 17 yr old + Black Benz + No license + Dope + Lots of $$$.

Face it, These kid will smuggled back in Russia by the time the case goes to court.
These Bukharians only care and take care of each other and have the import/export and mob resources to do it.

Anonymous said...

@italian girl

High speed of the mercedes was the problem ?
Stop watching TV and start using your brain cells.
It was the reckless, criminal behavior that killed 2 innocent people today.

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Anonymous said...

Hey, he is not Bukharian, he is Georgian. Why Mercedes, you are asking? To pick up blond girls, of course! Just like in the USSR 25 years ago... An arrogant Georgian with tons of money, huge libido and no brains... How stereotypical.

italian girl said...

Sorry, I just read the other article.

It was an out-of-control 17 year old that killed these 2 people. He stole the car at 5:30 in the morning? What a disgusting brat. Why was he out at the time? My guess this is not the first thing he's stolen. I'll bet he's spoiled jerk that gets away with everything. Sounds like a bad seed. I agree with ew-3. The military is the perfect place for this thug.
Last Anonymous
No need to be so snotty. Anyone can make a mistake.

Anonymous said...

By the way, does anyone know what sort of Acura was it? I just bought one. The thought that a measly Mercedes can cut it in half is pretty frightening!

Anonymous said...

"By the way, does anyone know what sort of Acura was it? I just bought one. The thought that a measly Mercedes can cut it in half is pretty frightening!"

The Mercedes didn't cut it in half. It sideswiped the Acura and then it got sliced in half when it went into the edge of the guardrail.

Joe said...

The GCP guardrail cut the Acura in half not the Heeb Hauler.

Bukharian or Georgian ---same sh*t !! Just from different asshole of the former USSR.

...that breakup was a hellava a mistake. All the garbage came here !!

Joe

Anonymous said...

The "imported" parents of this brat don’t even care of 2 people murdered.
To them man slaughter is business a usual like there shitty crime ridden home lands.
(this is how these turds raise kids)

They think people are making a big deal of it!!

The car is likely registered to another bogus LLC.

"Black Benz to pickup blond American chicks" says it all !!
The kid who commited this murder looks like an Isreali freak with a Forest Hills Buk attitude for sure.
No car's is going to get him "blond chicks"

Jason in Kew Gardens said...

"By the way, does anyone know what sort of Acura was it? I just bought one. The thought that a measly Mercedes can cut it in half is pretty frightening!"

All I heard was that it was a 2004 model.

So two people are dead and this idiot just threw away what should have been the most important years of his life.

Wonderful...

Anonymous said...

this is a real tragedy, that car was compltely destroyed and the people had no chance. Some kid decides to get drugged up and steal a friends car then end innocent peoples lives. Those people who died have a daughter in yale. I am 19 and have a pretty nice car and i've been driving for 2 years but i make sure i'm careful and never drive drunk or high. I beleive the car was a 2004 acura TL which is a real nice car and I can't beleive a car that size could be torn up like that. my heart goes to that family.

Anonymous said...

this is a real tragedy, that car was compltely destroyed and the people had no chance. Some kid decides to get drugged up and steal a friends car then end innocent peoples lives. Those people who died have a daughter in yale. I am 19 and have a pretty nice car and i've been driving for 2 years but i make sure i'm careful and never drive drunk or high. I beleive the car was a 2004 acura TL which is a real nice car and I can't beleive a car that size could be torn up like that. my heart goes to that family.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Kim was a wonderful woman, and this story saddens and disgusts me. She was a social worker for the city of New York as well as Flushing Hospital Medical Center, where I worked with her. This stupid kid took the lives of two wonderful people, and now their young daughter will be without her parents. I hope they throw the book at this piece of trash.

Anonymous said...

I am completely disgusted by this and am still shaken. My heart goes out to my good friend who lost her loving parents in this tragic accident.

Anonymous said...

I am shocked reading some of the comments regarding this horrible tragic accident. I wish my friend who lost her loving parents wouldn't ever visit this site (and many others for the same matter). Even though there mostly are comforting remarks, compared to some other sites, a few of them are just disgusting. Speaking about a few bad apples...

Anonymous said...

i am EXTREMELY sorry to see this... i live almost a 1 minute away by walking, i heard the damn crash... this is so sad to see... the sad thing is, this 17-yr-old kid is georgian and i knew him when i was little, i have pictures of me with him hanging out in the pool. i havent talked to him in ages!! i never he knew he was so retarted... extremely sad... My hearts to the family, and everyone around them. This kids parents are complete idiots, they were away in Russia leaving him all alone to do whatever the hell he wants... who would do that with such a troubled idiot??? R.I.P

Anonymous said...

you guys are retarded you need a life..
go google how well the acura is.
dont call kids brats unless you know them yourself!
makes me sick