2013-07-03 / Front Page

Teen DWI Crash Driver Jailed On Manslaughter, Homicide Charges

By Liz Goff

A 20-year-old Queens man remains in custody this week facing manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, felony assault, speeding and drunk driving charges in a horrific, high-speed drag race crash that killed two people and injured four others on the Grand Central Parkway on June 29.

The driver, Madosh Hansraj, who escaped uninjured, had been drinking and was driving 120 mph when his 1996 Honda crashed near Utopia Parkway at about 3:50 a.m. Saturday morning, police said.

Sobbing loudly, Hansraj was arraigned at Queens Criminal Court on Saturday night, charged with two counts of manslaughter, two counts of criminally negligent homicide, felony assault, speeding and driving while intoxicated. He remains behind bars at Rikers Island on $250,000 bail.

Cops said Hansraj blew a .072 on a brethalyzer test, which put him just under th legal limit of .08.

Prosecutors said six friends piled into the Honda after a night of drinking and playing pool at Side Pockets on Lefferts Boulevard and headed along the Grand Central toward their homes.

Hanraj lost control of the Honda near 188th Street in Fresh Meadows and slammed into a concrete highway guardrail, prosecutors said.

When the car crashed, three of the teens were thrown from the back seat and landed 100 feet away from the crash site, prosecutors said. Two of the teens – Meera “Jestina” Dukharan, 17 and Anil Persaud, 18, died instantly on impact, leaving behind a 14-month-old daughter, Meya. Brian George, 17, remains in serious condition at New York Hospital of Queens with a severe head gash and back injuries.

Shiv Totaran, 19, the largest of the group, had originally been sitting in the back of the Honda, police said. But his larger size forced him into the front passenger seat – sending Persaud into the back seat deathtrap.

Cops said Haraj suffered only minor injuries and had watery eyes, slurred speech – and e reeked of alcohol moments after the crash.

The Queens Village resident burst into tears at his arraignment after prosecutors described the carnage left by the crash on the Queens highway.

Hanraj told police he was driving 60 mph on the Grand Central Parkway until two cars that were racing cut him off, prosecutors said. He said he had two beers with his friends at the pool hall before the friends piled into the car, prosecutors said.

Hanraj is no stranger to the criminal justice system, police said. He was charged in Queens last October for driving under the influence and criminal possession of marijuana. His license was revoked for six months after he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, but he got it back just recently, prosecutors said.

Cops said the crash was so powerful that the car’s engine shot over the highway on impact and landed in a nearby embankment.


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