On Sunday, police reported that a 23-year-old woman, Adriana Sylmetaj, was thrown to her death in an alleged drunken crash on Staten Island. The deceased woman was expecting a baby.
Her partner is now facing a manslaughter charge in connection with the incident.
On Saturday morning at 4:45 a.m., Adriana experienced severe body trauma after being thrown from a Dodge Challenger that collided into a wall and a utility pole, causing it to split in half.
30-year-old Adem Nikeziq was apprehended by NYPD and taken to Staten Island University North Hospital after they noticed signs of intoxication.
He was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, driving while intoxicated, and driving while ability impaired by alcohol in relation to the deadly accident.
Officials reported that the SUV was speeding southbound and lost control in the area of 2545 Hyland Boulevard near New Dorp Lane, crashing into a wall. The SUV then crashed into a utility pole, breaking apart and ejecting the victim, Sylmetaj, who was killed in the incident.
A nearby business owner commented in the aftermath of the crash. “I don’t understand how the [utility] pole is still standing,” he said. “It was hit so hard.”