LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — The man accused of killing a father and his two young children in a hit-and-run accident on Long Island left the young family to die in a car inferno, the family's lawyer said Monday as the suspect was arraigned.
Oneil Sharpe Jr. was arraigned Monday in Suffolk County Criminal Court, accused of driving drunk and causing a wild collision that killed 37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children Andy and Sephora. His wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, is the lone survivor of Sunday morning's tragedy.
Sharpe's attorney, Harry Tilis, said his client has done nothing wrong.
"We entered a denial to all the charges and allegations," Tilis said ."He's looking forward to seeing this case through."
The Ostane's family attorney, John Scott Prudenti, said the defendant "did in fact flee a scene leaving a family of three to unfortunately burn in their car as he left the scene."
The accident happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday near Exit 41 of the Southern State Parkway. Investigators say the Ostane family's Toyota burst into flames after Sharpe rear-ended them. Police tell PIX11 Sharpe was able to leave the scene, but left his car behind.
"The indication from the district attorney is that he fled the scene," Sharpe's lawyer said. "We deny that."
Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane said she did all she could to rescue her husband, son and daughter.
"This car started to go on fire and I tried to open the passenger backs door, because this is where I heard my daughter crying," Bouaz-Ostane said. "I could not open it."
Still stunned from the magnitude of her loss, the 37-year-old woman is now preparing to bury her very reason for living: the humble husband, a math professor, who still brought his wife flowers after work, and the two kids she adored.
"They get along well they were very close, my son was happy," Bouaz-Ostane said.