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Man Faces Manslaughter, DWI Charges In Fatal Wrong-Way Crash On Belt Parkway

July 12, 2018 - 12:07 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A Brooklyn man faces manslaughter and DWI charges after a wrong-way crash on the Belt Parkway near the Verrazzano Bridge left one person dead and three others injured.

Police say a Volkswagen sport-utility vehicle somehow ended up driving east in the westbound lanes, striking a for-hire Honda Accord just before 2 a.m. Thursday near exit 4.

A 27-year-old man in the backseat of the Honda was rushed to NYU Lutheran Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. He has been identified as Gerald Obah of Manhattan.

The 20-year-old driver of the Honda and a 29-year-old woman in the front passenger seat survived. They are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The 50-year-old driver of the Volkswagen, identified as Aleh Sheipak, was also injured and is in police custody at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. He was arrested on manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, and driving while intoxicated charges.

Police suspect alcohol was involved.

The crash shut down the Manhattan-bound lanes for about four hours, tying up traffic during the early-morning rush. It has since been reopened.