The thrill-seeking Chrysler driver who crashed within the Bronx over the weekend – killing two of his passengers, together with a 15-year-old woman — was charged with manslaughter Thursday, cops stated.
Enrique Lopez, 23, additionally faces raps for criminally negligent murder, assault, prison possession of stolen property, endangering the welfare of a kid, reckless endangerment and prison mischief in connection to the lethal Hunts Point smash-up that occurred earlier than daybreak Sunday, cops stated.
Sabrina Villagomez, 15, of Nanuet, Rockland County, and Giovante Roberson, 21, of East New York, had been each killed when Lopez allegedly misplaced management and rammed right into a parked oil tanker truck on the nook of Bryant and Viele avenues round 3:20 a.m., sources stated.
A 17-year-old woman using within the again seat was hospitalized in essential situation, police stated.
Before the lethal crash, Lopez, of Far Rockaway, was trying to pull stunts however didn’t account for the slight hunch within the highway, which cuts by the center of an industrial space close to the East River, stated the proprietor of the totaled truck.
“There was salt on the highway, and there’s a dip, so when he hit that, he began shedding management,” the proprietor, who recognized himself as Chip, informed The Post on Monday.
“I noticed what occurred,” he continued. “I noticed what occurred proper after the accident, I noticed what number of youngsters had been outdoors attempting to open the doorways.”
Lopez was swerving uncontrolled simply earlier than his automobile catapulted into the parked gas truck, in response to police sources and pictures of the wreck.
Images of the aftermath present the Chrysler utterly wrecked by the crash, with the truck visibly broken on its entrance hood and bumper.
Lopez had been driving recklessly as a part of a meet-up of thrill-seeking motorists, sources stated.
After the crash, he was additionally hospitalized and listed in secure situation.
His relationship to the younger riders in his automobile was unclear Friday.
Roberson’s mom, Sabrina Roberson-McCray, told The Post Tuesday that she gave her son a gut-wrenching goodbye as he lay dead within the hospital, telling him “Mommy’s right here.”
“Those 21 years had been the perfect years of my life,” Roberson-McCray stated. “He was my finest pal.”
“He cherished Michael Jackson, mimicking him,” she continued. “I’ve obtained the movies of him doing the dance. He lived to journey. He cherished to assist me. Everything he did for me. He was right here with me day by day.”
Jay Ben, 27, a pal of Roberson, lamented his pal’s demise to The Post on Monday.
Two of the victims went to Ramapo High School in Rockland County — together with Villagomez, who was a sophomore, in response to a letter to the group despatched by the college district.
“This information is devastating for our complete East Ramapo faculty group, and our hearts are with the households and pals of those two college students,” Superintendent Clarence G. Ellis wrote.