Police confirmed Sunday that a 23-year-old woman who died in an apparent drunken wreck on Staten Island was pregnant, and her boyfriend is now facing a manslaughter charge.
Adriana Sylmetaj, of Great Kills, was ejected from the Dodge Challenger after it slammed into a wall and a utility pole before splitting in half on Hylan Boulevard at 4:45 a.m. Saturday, according to police.
According to an NYPD spokeswoman, Adem Nikeziq, 30, was later charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent murder, assault, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, driving while intoxicated, and driving while ability impaired by alcohol in the tragic crash.
According to the spokesman, he was transferred to Staten Island University North Hospital after police noticed he was intoxicated.
According to a registration at Buy Buy Baby, the couple was expecting a baby girl on April 12.
“He’s going away for the rest of his life, and that’s still not good enough for that piece of s-t,” one bereaved cousin remarked outside Sylmetaj’s home on Sunday, as more than two dozen friends and family gathered to mourn the young mother-to-be.
“They weren’t able to save the infant,” he explained. “We will never be okay. Neither of us. We’ve been through a tremendous catastrophe.”
The SUV was traveling southbound when it lost control in front of 2545 Hyland Boulevard near New Dorp Lane, striking a “barrier wall” at the scene, according to authorities.
The vehicle then collided with a power pole and broke in half, killing Sylmetaj.