Left, Yisroel Levin and Elisheva Kaplan. Right, their car after the accident.

The two drivers involved in a Pesach car crash in Inwood that killed a newly engaged couple have been sentenced.

Rahmel Watkins, 36, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide, assault, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. He previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.

Zakiyyah Steward, who was part of a group of cars traveling in the northbound lanes of the Nassau Expressway, was sentenced to three to nine years in prison for his role in the crash.

Watkins and Steward were traveling in the northbound lanes of the Nassau Expressway in Inwood from Far Rockaway to a Queens casino, said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Watkins’ 2010 BMW GT crossed over the double yellow lines and struck a 2017 Nissan Altima head-on being driven by 21-year-old Yisroel Levin, with his 20-year-old fiancé, Elisheva Kaplan, in the passenger seat.

They were returning home from a Passover gathering and were to be married in June 2018.

 

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