Highway havoc: GCP crash kills two and injures eight

A grotesque crash on the Grand Central Parkway by the 188th Street exit in Jamaica Estates around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning killed two from Brooklyn, according to the NYPD.

It started when Roselle, NJ resident Andrew Shakespeare, 33, made a lane change with his speeding BMW SUV and sideswiped a Nissan Sentra, police said. Losing control, the New Jersey man — allegedly intoxicated at the time — crossed three lanes and hit a Nissan Rogue; both vehicles then hit the highway's center guard rail, crossed into its eastbound lanes and rolled over.

A woman driving a Mercedes Benz SUV in the eastbound lane swerved to avoid Shakespeare's SUV and the Rogue but the former struck her, police said. She then lost control and went up the right shoulder embankment, her vehicle hitting two trees and rolling onto the driver's side.

Shakespeare refused all sobriety tests at Long Island Jewish Hospital Center, where the paramedics brought him, according to the NYPD; he was taken into custody there. Aside from driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, the New Jersey man was charged with two counts each of manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and aggravated vehicular homicide, along with three counts of reckless endangerment.

He suffered only a minor head injury.

But two who were with him died. Police said that Layon Campbell, 34, the front passenger, was pronounced deceased at Elmhurst Hospital Center; 16-year-old Akeam Grant, who was ejected from the rear right passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene. Both were from Brooklyn.

The NYPD said that two others who were in Shakespeare's SUV were in stable condition. Those who were in the other cars were described as being the same state by the police; one was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital Center and the other was taken to what the NYPD called "NY Hospital of Queens." It was not immediately clear if that meant NYC Health + Hospitals Queens, aka Queens Hospital Center, or NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens and the police did not immediately respond when asked for the address or ZIP code of the location for the facility that the name refers to. The drivers of the Sentra and Rogue, along with a passenger in the latter vehicle, were also brought to the facility for treatment after the highway havoc.

The Sentra's driver, who amNewYork reported is from Bellerose, was treated for back and neck pain; police said she was in stable condition. The Rogue's driver was treated for the same types of pain at the same hospital and was described as being in stable condition; the media outlet also said he was a resident of New Hyde Park; police did not immediately respond if he lives on the Queens or Nassau County side of the area.

The Rogue's front passenger was treated for right leg injuries at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, LI; police reported him to be in stable condition. They said the same for the other passenger in the vehicle, who was brought to "NY Hospital of Queens" for neck and pack pain along with a fractured rib. Both passengers were from Brooklyn, according to the police. 

The woman who drove the Mercedes Benz SUV, who amNewYork said is from Brooklyn, was treated for right shoulder pain; the NYPD said she is in stable condition.