Cops identify the victims and motorist involved in a fatal drunk driving crash near John F. Kennedy International Airport.
According to police, a Long Island mother and her 10-year-old daughter were identified as the victims in a grisly car crash Saturday near JFK International Airport involving a drunk driver.
According to police, Isabella Granobles of Copiague, a hamlet on Long Island, and her mother, Diana Granobles, 31, were killed in the collision at Rockaway Boulevard and Guy R Brewer Boulevard. At Jamaica Hospital, the pair were pronounced dead.
Tyrone Absolam, 42, struck the two in their 2019 Chevrolet Cruz, the NYPD said. He faces charges of manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault, and driving while intoxicated. Absolam, of Jamaica, Queens, was allegedly speeding in a 2018 Nissan Altima.
A 38-year-old woman was also in the Nissan's front passenger seat, while a 12-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were in the back, police said.
Granobles and her Colombian family were described as "peaceful, loving people" by neighbors. According to them, the girl's father works as an aviation mechanic at JFK Airport.
“Never any drama, a sweet, loving family,” neighbor Amelia Dawson said. “The little girl was constantly out in the back with her family, playing on the trampoline.”
Cops said Absolam, who was left in critical condition, and the 38-year-old woman were taken to Jamaica Hospital by medics. According to police, the children were transported by EMS to Long Island Jewish Cohen Children's Medical Center; both were in serious but stable condition.
The heinous accident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday.
“With accidents on Rockaway Boulevard, it's always a disaster!” exclaimed one cop on the scene Sunday morning. “Never a minor scuff, always grave.”
“They drive at such a high rate of speed,” he added. “It's been particularly bad recently.”