Long Island Man Accused of Crashing Porsche into Parked School Bus While Driving Drunk, Killing Female Passenger
In the moments before impact, his female passenger asked him to slow down, prosecutors allege
A 29-year-old man from Long Island, New York, was charged in a fatal Friday car crash in Queens in which he is accused of drunkenly slamming his speeding Porsche into a parked school bus in front of an elementary school, prosecutors said.
In the moments before impact, his female passenger asked him to slow down, prosecutors allege.
Kyung R. Song is charged with first- and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drug, the Queens County District Attorney said in a press release obtained by PEOPLE.
In court Friday night, he was held on a $750,000 bond, according to the New York Daily News. He was placed on suicide watch at his lawyer’s request, according to the Daily News.
It was not immediately clear how Song pleaded to the charges. His lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.
Song is accused of crashing his 2014 Porsche early Friday, killing his female passenger, after the pair had left a bar where he had had six beers and three shots of liquor, he later allegedly told police, according to the release.
He allegedly told police he was coming around a curve when his car’s tires slipped, causing the crash.
He reportedly told police he was driving 33 mph in a 25 mph-zone, just before the crash, according to the release. Officers accused Song of having “bloodshot and watery eyes,” with breath smelling strongly of alcohol, according to the release.
Song’s blood alcohol content allegedly tested at .176, more than twice the legal limit, following the crash, according to the release. He later refused a blood test until a court order was issued.
The results of that test were not immediately available.
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Officers responded to the crash at about 3:35 a.m., a New York City police spokesman tells PEOPLE. There they allegedly found Song unconscious in the front seat, while the female passenger in the seat next to him “did not appear to be breathing or moving,” according to the DA’s release.
She died soon after, having suffered massive head injuries, according to the release.
Song was arrested at the scene, the police spokesman tells PEOPLE.
Photos from the scene show a mangled vehicle, its front end compressed like a crunched can.
Song was allegedly distraught at the scene, according to the New York Post and Daily News, citing witness and investigator statements.
“When he saw the girl in the passenger side, he hit himself on the head two times,” a witness, who gave only his first name, told the Post.
A neighbor told the Post the crash was “so loud, so massive.”
“It shook us out of our beds,” the neighbor told the paper.
Song allegedly told investigators he tried to strangle himself with the string of his sweatshirt, following the crash, according to the Daily News. Witnesses also mentioned the string incident to the Post.
“I knew [she] was about to die,” Song allegedly told detectives of his passenger, according to the paper. “I wanted to kill myself.”
N.Y.C. police declined to release the victim’s name, citing pending family notification.
Police could not confirm the relationship between Song and his passenger, or reports about Song’s behavior at the scene or statements to investigators.
The DA’s office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
“This was an absolutely senseless tragedy with deadly consequences for an innocent young woman,” Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in the release. “During this holiday season, motorists must be very mindful of how deadly motor vehicles can be and the consequences of climbing behind the wheel after drinking.”