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Boy badly hurt, drivers charged in Bayside crash

Police investigate a crash that critically injured one

Police investigate a crash that critically injured one passenger, an 11-year-old boy, and also hurt three others. Two teen drivers were arrested in the crash on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Bayside, police said. (Aug. 13, 2009) Photo Credit: James Carbone

Two Queens teenagers were arrested Thursday on reckless driving, assault, speeding and other charges in connection with a Bayside car crash that left an 11-year-old boy in one of the cars critically hurt and injured both drivers and another teenaged passenger, police said.

Police said David Lakhchakov, 16, of Kew Gardens, was driving a gray 2004 BMW south on Francis Lewis Boulevard shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday when his car collided with a 2009 Lexus, also going south and driven by David Badalov, 18, of Flushing.

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Badalov's car crashed into several parked vehicles, police said. An 11-year-old boy in the back seat of Badalov's car suffered injuries to his head and body and was in critical condition at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, police said.

Both drivers and an 18-year-old male passenger in the front seat of Badalov's car were taken to the same hospital. Badalov and the 18-year-old were in stable condition, and Lakhchakov had minor injuries, police said.

Police would not say whether the cars were street racing, though a police spokesman said speeding was a factor. The section of Francis Lewis Boulevard where the crash occurred, south of Northern Boulevard, is a straightaway.

Lakhchakov also was charged with driving without a license and both drivers were additionally charged with reckless endangerment, police said.

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