On Sunday morning, a multi-car crash on Grand Central Parkway killed two and seven other people were injured, said authorities.
At least one car flipped and another rolled onto its side in the 6:30 a.m. accident caused by a drunken driver, near 188th St. in Jamaica Estates, police said.
Cops arrested Andrew Shakespeare, 33, of New Jersey. Shakespeare caused the fatal crash when he tried to speed past another car in his westbound 2014 BMW SUV and lost control, according to authorities.
Shakespeare’s SUV flew across three lanes, smashed into the guardrail and rolled over into the eastbound lanes, cops said.
Charges against him include Shakespeare was charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
Akeam Grant, 16, died at the scene after he was thrown from the backseat, police said. The front-seat passenger, 34-year-old Layon Campbell, died at Elmhurst Hospital Center two hours later.
The seven people who were hurt went to nearby hospitals with minor injuries, cops said.
Police have not released the identities of anyone involved in the crash.
The NYPD Collision Investigative Squad responded to the scene and all eastbound lanes were closed while police investigated.
One witness told 1010 WINS about a woman who was trying to get out of the minivan on its side.
‘A lady got out from the roof, and she was trying to grab — maybe it was her daughter — somebody younger, and she was trying to pull her out of the car, but she couldn’t get her out.
‘By the time the cops came, they helped pull her out.’
There have been 14 motorist fatalities this year through Thursday, a 41% drop from last year when there were 24 for the same period, according to police statistics. There also have been 51 pedestrian fatalities, which represents a 27% decrease from last year’s 70.
Overall, a total of 102 people have died in collisions this year through Thursday, including motorcyclists, bicyclists and passengers. That figure represents an 18% decrease from the same period last year, when 125 people died in accidents.