Early yesterday morning, a 48-year-old man was killed when a suspected drunk driver T-boned his car in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Jorge Cortes, of Maryland, was charged with "manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter 2-degree, criminally negligent homicide and DWI," according to WABC 7.
Relatives say that Eugene Malinsky had left work to pick up his stepson. They were traveling east on 86th Street when Cortes' car, traveling south on 21st Avene, apparently went through a red light, according to witnesses. Cousin Eugenia Kaplan said that Malinsky, who was from Kiev, Ukraine, had been diagnosed with cancer after the Chernobyl incident in 1986 and immigrated to the U.S. 20 years ago. She added, "He was an extremely nice person. He was nice to people."
Malinsky's stepson was taken to the hospital in stable condition while Cortes was in critical condition. Kaplan said of Cortes, "I just want this guy to be punished."