A fatal car accident on the Belt Parkway during the early morning hours on Thursday, July 12 left one man dead and a driver arrested.
According to authorities, at around 1:52 a.m., the vehicle collision occurred in the vicinity of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge approaching the westbound Belt Parkway at exit 4. Cops say it all started with 50-year-old Aleh Sheipak driving a Volkswagen SUV the wrong way.
Sheipak, cops say, was going eastbound in the westbound lane of the Belt when he collided head on with a Honda Accord being driven by a 20-year-old man.
The victim’s vehicle had two additional passengers inside, among them, 27-year-old Gerald Obah, who was sitting in the rear seat and was pronounced dead.
Sheipak, who was the only person inside his vehicle, was arrested and charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, three counts of vehicular assault, DWI and DWAI.
Both drivers were rushed to Maimonides Medical Center and are listed in stable condition. The second passenger of the victim’s car, a 29-year-old woman, was sitting in the front passenger seat and is also currently listed in stable condition.
An investigation is being conducted by the NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad.
That investigation is ongoing.