Stuyvesant Student Killed in DWI Crash

The driver of the speeding minivan hit the teen standing at a median

Sunday, Dec 18, 2011  |  Updated 4:07 PM EDT
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Stuyvesant Student Killed in DWI Crash

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The driver of a speeding minivan that struck and killed a Brooklyn teenager faces DWI charges.

Police say 17-year-old Terence Tsao was standing at a median in the borough's Gravesend neighborhood when the vehicle mounted the curb. The minivan then crashed into a traffic light pole.

The driver charged in Friday's accident — 46-year-old Vitali Korzavin of Brooklyn — suffered minor injuries.

He faces multiple charges including manslaughter, DWI and speeding.

The Daily News reports Tsao was a senior at the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and wanted to study environmental science.

His father, Ting Man Tsao, told the newspaper his son was returning home from his school's Board Game Society, of which he was president.

Tsao, an honor student who had won scholarships to a handful of colleges, also worked as a docent at the New York Aquarium.

"He especially loved the pools with the starfish," his father told the News. "Children loved the touch pools, and he loved interacting with the public."

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