Viktor Avavayev, who was riding in a limousine with two female companions, was crushed to death after the limo driver accidentally reversed and pinned his body against a parked car.
The limo was parking at Kings Highway and Bedford Avenue on Sunday. Avavayev and company had stepped out when the limo suddenly started rolling backwards.
“The vehicle started backing up because the driver didn’t park it properly,” said Yevgeniy Zilberman, a neighbor, to the New York Daily News.
The driver, Yan Krainert, raced to get into the car to stop it, however, instead of hitting the brakes, he pushed on the gas, which caused the car to reverse and push Avavayev between the limo and a parked car. The limo then dragged Avavayev’s body against several other parked cars.
The female passengers were forced to watch the gruesome scene.
“I just heard a woman screaming in Russian,” a witness told the Daily News. “I then saw one of the women bent over the man.”
One of the women slapped the driver in the face after she’d realized what he’d done.
A source believes that the driver may have been drunk at the time of the accident. Police took the driver into custody. He has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and DWI as of this morning, according to the New York Post.
Avavayev was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.