Two teenagers were killed and four other people were injured, including a driver who is under arrest, after a car speeding along the Grand Central Parkway in Queens crashed into a guardrail early Saturday morning, New York City police said.
The accident happened at 3:50 a.m. in the eastbound lanes between Utopia Boulevard and 188th Street when Madosh Hansraj, 20, lost control of his 1996 Honda while crossing into the right-hand lane, according to investigators.
Hansraj began to brake, causing the vehicle to slide off the roadway onto the shoulder and into the guardrail, police said.
Meera Dukharan, 17, and Anil Persaud, 18, both backseat passengers, were thrown from the car and killed. The teens, both of whom were from Queens, were not wearing seat belts, police said.
Another backseat passenger, Brian George, 17, was also thrown out and has serious injuries, though he is expected to survive, authorities said.
Hansraj and an unidentified 19-year-old male front-seat passenger have minor injuries, as did an unidentified 21-year-old man in the backseat.
All were taken to New York Hospital Queens.
Hansraj, of 213th Street in Queens, has been charged with two counts of manslaughter, one count of felony assault, two counts of criminally negligent homicide, speeding and driving while ability impaired.
Eastbound lanes of the Grand Central Parkway were closed for several hours after the crash. With AP