Driver charged with manslaughter in Washington Heights crash


WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, MANHATTAN – New York City police announced that a teenager is facing charges in connection with a fatal car accident that occurred earlier this month, WPIX reports.

The crash happened July 3 at Audobon Avenue and West 179th Street in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan.  According to police, a 16-year-old boy was driving a stolen 2009 Hyundai Elentra when he went through a red light at the intersection at about 6:40 a.m.  The Elantra collided with a westbound Jeep Grand Cherokee, then struck a parked car and overturned.  The impact caused the Jeep to hit an Audi Q3 and a Honda Accord, both of which were parked and unoccupied.

Two boys who were passengers in the Hyundai, ages 17 and 15, were pronounced dead after being taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia.  Both were from the Bronx.

The driver of the Elantra and two other passengers were taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition but have since improved.  The 53-year-old man driving the Jeep was transported to the same hospital with minor injuries.

The Elantra driver was arrested on multiple charges, including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault and criminal possession of stolen property.

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