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Two Teens Killed In Grand Central Parkway Accident, Driver Charged

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A 20-year-old Queens man was arraigned on charges including manslaughter and drunk driving following Saturday's fatal crash on the Grand Central Parkway that left two teenagers dead and three others injured.

The single-car crash happened near exit 13 just before 4 a.m. Saturday.

Police say Madosh Hansraj was speeding when he tried to switch lanes near Utopia Parkway and 188th Street and then lost control of the 1996 Honda he was driving and slammed into a guardrail.

Meera Dukharan, 17, and her 18-year-old boyfriend Anil Persaud were both ejected from the car and died of their injuries.

They leave behind a 14-month-old baby, who will be raised by Persaud's family.

"I can't believe he's gone. He left a great child behind and he left so much memories. That's all we have of him, just memories," said Savita Persaud, Anil's sister. "They wanted to get married, right? And instead of us planning their wedding, we're planning their funeral, and that's not fair. That's not fair, that's not fair.

"I'm trying to survive and ask God to give me faith," said Chitranjan Persaud, Anil's father. "There's no other kid like that I can find in this world."

A 17-year-old male was also ejected from the vehicle. Police say he was at New York Hospital Queens on Saturday in serious condition.

Two other male passengers, ages 19 and 21, were taken to New York Hospital Queens with minor injuries.

Among the charges Hansraj faces are two counts of manslaughter, one count of felony assault, two counts of criminally negligent homicide and driving while ability impaired.

Hansraj's father was too upset to speak on-camera with NY1. Friends of the Hansraj family said they were in shock because Hansraj always seemed respectful and humble.

"His parents worked very hard and make the sacrifice of bringing him and his sister here for a better life. And sometimes kids chose the path that there parents don't choose," said Seeta Doobay, a family friend. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP