New York: family wiped out by DWI driver O’Neil Sharpe in BMW; dad and two kids burned alive while mom struggled to save them


ONeil Sharpe crashed into family and fled while they burned alive Long Island NY 071415

From New York Daily News

A Queens mother desperately tried to save her daughter from the family’s burning car moments after they were slammed by a drunken hit-and-run driver on Long Island early Sunday, friends said.

“She’s been saying it all day: ‘I tried to open the door for Sephora, and I couldn’t get her out,’ ” family friend Sonia Michel said of grieving Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane.

Bouaz-Ostane tragically was also unable to rescue her husband and son. The mom was in the front passenger seat when a 2008 BMW slammed her family’s Toyota on the Southern State Parkway in Bay Shore at 1:30 a.m., cops said.

Her husband, Ancio Ostane, 37, and their two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4, were fatally trapped in the burning vehicle, police said.

The St. Albans family was returning from a gathering with relatives when the crash occurred.

Cops charged O’Neil Sharpe, 24, with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.

“It makes you question why do people get behind the wheel, why do people do stupid things like that, you’ve torn apart a family,” Michel said.

The family friend said she had spent the day after the crash with Bouaz-Ostane, who she described as “inconsolable” but “strong,” given the circumstances.

She said Bouaz—Ostane, a blood technician, and her husband, a math teacher had moved to the neighborhood from Haiti nearly 20 years ago….MORE