Two women were thrown from a car after the driver, a 29-year-old Gravesend resident, slammed into a guardrail early Sunday morning. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene.
Oleg Pantchenko was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving while impaired, criminally negligent manslaughter, and first-degree manslaughter after the accident. A third woman is in stable condition at Lutheran Medical Center.
According to the New York Times:
The car, a 1996 Infiniti, hit a guardrail while traveling east, veered across several lanes of eastbound traffic and hit other cars, the police said. It then swerved back across all the eastbound lanes and struck a median. The two women, who were in the back of the Infiniti, were ejected. The crash occurred on the parkway near 80th Street at about 3:30 a.m.
Patchenko’s blood alcohol level was 0.054 percent, just above the 0.05 percent threshold for driving while impaired — a lesser charge than driving while intoxicated.