ST. ALBANS, Queens— A Queens mother made a desperate attempt to save her family when the car carrying her husband and young children burst into flames after it was struck by an allegedly drunken driver.
Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane spoke through tears from her home in the St. Albans section of Queens about her escape from the burning vehicle.
Bouaz-Ostane said she tried opening the door to pull her 3-year-old daughter Sephora out of the the car, but the door wouldn’t budge.
“I heard my daughter crying,” Bouaz-Ostane said.
She watched hopelessly as the car burst into flames.
The family of four was leaving a barbecue in Central Islip when a 2008 BMW rear-ended their 2005 Toyota on the Southern State Parkway near Exit 41 at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, officials said.
A number of motorists witnessed the crash and stopped to help but to no avail. They took photos of the BMW’s license plate as its driver fled the scene.
Bouaz-Ostane's husband along with 8-year-old son Andy and 3-year-old daughter Sephora, were pronounced dead at the scene. Andy celebrated his eighth birthday last week.
"I don't have a future. I don't have a reason to live, to go to work," Bouaz-Ostane said.
State police tracked down the alleged hit-and-run driver. They identified him as O’Neil Sharpe Jr., of Springfield Gardens in Rockville Center.
He faces charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a crash. His arraignment is scheduled for Monday morning at Suffolk County District Court in Central Islip.