An alleged drunk driver attempted suicide after crashing his 2014 Porsche Cayman into a parked school bus, killing his 24-year-old passenger and fiancée Nara An, reported the New York Daily Mail. At approximately 3:30 a.m. on Friday, Kyung Song, 29, who attends pharmacy school at Long Island University, was on was way to drop off his girlfriend after a night out.
Sources say that Song was travelling at high speeds, and An pleaded with him to slow down before he lost control of his sports car and collided with the back of a parked school bus on Sanford Avenue in Flushing, Queens. Although the crash “tore apart the front half” of the vehicle, Song somehow managed to survive, but he sustained minor injuries. His fiancée, on the other hand, died on impact. When Song saw his fiancée’s mangled, dead body adjacent to him, he attempted suicide by strangling himself with the strings from his hoodie, but it was a failed attempt.
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A local resident, Lucrecia McKay, 56, who was asleep during the time of the accident stated that she woke up to the “loud bang.” She said, “I knew immediately it was an accident. We came out right away and we saw the car underneath the bus.” McKay added that as the passenger lay dead in the mangled vehicle, the driver was pacing back and forth near. “He had his head in his hands. He looked very disoriented.”
When police officials arrived at the scene, Song made attempts to conceal the fact that he was speeding by informing officers he was travelling at “33 mph on a 25 mph zone,” causing his tires to slip and ultimately crashed into the back of a school bus.
However, after Song appeared to have bloodshot, watery eyes with his breath reeking of alcohol, they breathalyzed him and uncovered that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.176 – more than twice the legal limit, according to the New York Post. It was then that Song admitted that he and his fiancée, who he calls Alice, were coming from a Karaoke bar where he “downed six beers and two shots” before driving his vehicle.
The drunk driver was arrested and charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter. While in police custody, he told investigators that An was supposed to return to her home in South Korea in a few days. When she arrived to the United States in September, it was only to visit her fiancé in New York. However, as the time ensued, she ultimately became employed at Sagwa Namoo, where Song was also employed.
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According to court documents, this isn’t the first time Song was caught driving under the influence. In 2008, he was charged with a DUI, to which he pleaded guilty and paid a $1,000 fine.
Neighbor Jeff Speight, 57, told reporters that not only was he stunned to learn that Song was involved in a fatal car accident, but he was always shocked to uncover that he had a $64,000 Porsche sitting in his parents’ driveway. Speight stated that “The car was noticeable. All of a sudden he had this (Porsche). It seemed out of place.” He went on to say that the drunk driver’s family “been here for a number of years. Very quiet, nice people.”
Another neighbor, Pauline Molan, said that Song used to wave at home and he “feel so bad for that family. It’s going to hang over their heads forever. If it was my son, I would break apart.”
After the car crash that killed Nara An, the drunk driver, Kyung Song, made his first court appearance on Friday, where he was held on a $750,000 bond and placed on suicide watch, upon his lawyer’s request. His next court date is scheduled for January 7.
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