MAN ENRAGED AFTER BEING ORDERED NOT TO SMOKE
By Georgett Roberts, Tatiana Deligiannakis and Lorena Mongelli, NY Post
A man enraged when his pal was ordered not to smoke at a birthday party on a bus smashed his car into a teen reveler, nearly killing him early today in Queens, cops said.
Dimitri Arvanitogainnis, 19, was left in a medically induced coma, his skull smashed in the 1 a.m. attack at Corporal Kennedy Street and 32nd Avenue in Bayside.
He had been at the celebration for a girl turning 18 when a fellow partygoer was asked not to light up, witnesses said.
"He had a punk . . . attitude," said Harry Damahakin, 21. "He said 'OK,' but with no respect."
The smoker and two friends got off the bus and jumped into a Honda, and the driver, one of the smoker's pals, steered the car into others who had left the bus.
Arvanitogainnis hit the windshield and was sent flying. "I went over to him and yelled, 'Dimitri!'" said Damahakin. "I got no answer. I felt his pulse. He felt dead to me."
The unidentified driver sped off but was caught and arrested.