BREAKING: Manslaughter Charges in Crash That Killed Engaged Couple on Passover

A Brooklyn man previously charged with DWI in a horrific car crash that claimed the lives of newly engaged couple Yisroel Levin, 21, of Brooklyn, and Elisheva Kaplan, 20, of Far Rockaway, will face two counts of second-degree manslaughter, police said.

They couple were driving back from visiting grandparents in Monsey, NY, when when their car was caught in a chain reaction crash that was caused by Rahmel Watkins and Zakiyyah Steward.

The fiery crash was near Kennedy Airport April 4 killing two people. (Inwood Fire Department/Facebook)

Rahmel Watkins, 35, faces arraignment on the upgraded charges Monday in First District Court in Hempstead, Nassau County.

Rahmel Watkins and Zakiyyah Steward, also of Brooklyn, were arrested after the April 4 fatal crash on Nassau Expressway.

Rahmel Watkins, 35, Brooklyn, faces manslaughter charges in a fatal crash, police said Monday. Photo Credit: NCPD


Rahmel Watkins is charged with DWI by the combined influence of drugs and alcohol and unlawful possession of marijuana. Steward also pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Zakiyyah Steward, 25, of Brooklyn, faces charges that include driving while intoxicated in the Wednesday crash. Photo Credit: NCPD

Steward’s bail was set at $25,000  and she remains in custody.

Engagement picture of the couple who perished R”L

Levin and Kaplan were trapped in their vehicle, which caught fire, police said. They were to be married in June.