The Homicide Squad reports the details of a fatal vehicular accident that occurred on Tuesday, April 4, 2018 at 1:40 A.M. in Lawrence.
According to detectives, a multi-car accident occurred on the Nassau Expressway(Rt.878) between Burnside Ave and Peninsula Blvd. Involved in this accident were 5 cars which included a total of 9 occupants. One of the vehicles caught fire and the 2 occupants inside perished. In addition to those victims, there were 5 with injuries that were removed to area hospitals and 2 occupants refused medical attention at the scene.
During the investigation, two drivers were taken into custody and charges are pending at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
Details by: Public Information Office 04/04/18/1745/7336
***UPDATE*** D/Sgt. Rojas/Homicide 04/04/18/2210/8688
Zakiyyah Steward, 25, of 888 Park Avenue, Brooklyn and Rahmel Watkins, 35, of 281 Quincy Street, Brooklyn were arrested for the above incident. Both defendants will be arraigned Thursday, April 5, 2018 at First District Court, Hempstead.
Defendant Steward is charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by the Combine Influence of Drugs/Alcohol and any Drug/Drugs, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, DWI and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
Defendant Watkins is charged with DWI.
The investigation is ongoing.
***UPDATE*** D/Lt. Fitzpatrick/ Homicide 04/05/18/1110/7990
The above listed deceased victims have been identified as Yisroel Levin, 21, of Brooklyn and Elisheva Basya Kaplan, 20, of Far Rockaway.
*****UPDATE***** D/Sgt. Rojas/Homicide 04/23/18/1133/8348
Defendant Rahmel Watkins, 35 of 281 Quincy Street, Brooklyn is additionally charged with two counts of Manslaughter 2nd Degree. He will be arraigned today Monday, April 23, 2018 in First District Court in Hempstead.