Updated on Dec. 21 at 10:46 a.m.
A Long Island motorist is facing two counts of manslaughter and other charges after a deadly Flushing crash into a parked school bus in Flushing, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
Kyung R. Song, 29, of Island Park was traveling on Stanford Avenue when he slammed his 2014 Porsche into an unoccupied school bus parked near P.S. 22 at 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 18.
According to Brown, police at the scene found Song unconscious in the driver’s seat, and his passenger– identified as 24-year-old Nara An of 144-77 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing– did not appear to be breathing or moving. She died shortly after of massive head injuries.
Immediately after the incident, police allegedly observed that Song had bloodshot and watery eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, according to the criminal complaint.
He allegedly stated that he had been driving back from a bar and had drank six beers and three shots of liquor that night. A portable breath test administered to Song allegedly showed a blood alcohol content of .176, well above the legal limit of .08 in New York City.
Song refused to submit to a blood test for the presence of alcohol and/or drugs while in the hospital, but took one after being issued a court order by the Queens Supreme Court. The results of that test are pending.
“This was an absolutely senseless tragedy with deadly consequences for an innocent young woman,” Brown said. “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.”
Song is currently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges of first- and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He faces up to fifteen years in prison if convicted.