An Island Park man was charged with vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving after allegedly slamming his car into the back of a parked yellow school bus Friday morning in the East Flushing section of Queens, killing his female passenger, the Queens district attorney announced.
Kyung Song, 29, of 4522 New York Ave., was awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court.
He faces charges of first- and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.photosRecent NYC mug shotsSee alsoMajor NYC crimeMore coverageComplete coverage: Suspected DWI crashes, arrests on LI
If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
“This was an absolutely senseless tragedy with deadly consequences for an innocent young woman,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a news release. “During this holiday season, motorists must be very mindful of how deadly motor vehicles can be and the consequences of climbing behind the wheel after drinking.”
Police said Song crashed his black 2014 Porsche into a parked school bus on Sanford Avenue at 3:38 a.m.
Song was unconscious when police arrived. His passenger, who was not named, did not appear to be breathing or moving.
As the pair were moved to an ambulance, police say Song had bloodshot and watery eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.
His female passenger suffered massive head injuries and died shortly after the crash.
Police say Song told them at a Queens hospital that he drank six beers and three shots of liquor before getting behind the wheel.
Police say a portable breath test showed he had a blood alcohol level of .176, well above the legal limit of .08.
Authorities say Song was asked at the hospital if he would submit to a blood test and he refused. Queens Supreme Court Justice Deborah Stevens Modica authorized the taking of Song’s blood. The results of those tests were not yet available.