A Queens man was convicted Thursday of causing the crash that killed a father and his two children in a fiery high-speed wreck on the Southern State Parkway in Bay Shore in 2015.
A Suffolk County jury found Oniel Sharpe Jr. guilty of vehicular homicide, manslaughter and other crimes.
Prosecutors have said the 26-year-old Springfield Gardens man was drunk while speeding more than 80 mph westbound in a BMW when he rear-ended a car near exit 41 at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015.
Three members of the family of four returning home to St. Albans after a family party in Central Islip—37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4—were trapped in the burning vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police have said.
Their mother and Ancio’s wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, escaped and was taken to South Side Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated for minor injuries and released.
After the crash, Sharpe fled to his mother’s Rockville Centre home. His friend, Sheon Richards, 27, who was speeding in a separate car and was with Sharpe on the night of the crash, pleaded guilty last year to reckless endangerment, reckless driving and speeding.
Sharpe’s cousin, 26-year-old Courtney Sharpe, pleaded not guilty to identity theft and possession of a forged instrument after authorities found 23 counterfeit cards hidden in the steering column of the BMW X-5 Sharpe was driving, according to investigators.