An Owings Mills teenager was among six people killed this week in a car accident in the Catskills area of New York, where the boy was attending a summer dance camp, authorities said yesterday.
Anatoliy Cheremnykh, 14, of the 300 block of Bushwood Drive was killed Wednesday when a car driven by a camp counselor crossed a double yellow line and hit a truck, according to the Sullivan County, N.Y., sheriff's office. The counselor and five youngsters from the camp were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff's office. No one in the car survived.
Anatoliy was attending Camp Atlanta Dance Camp in South Fallsburg, a town in the Catskills about 80 miles northwest of New York City. Camp Atlanta Dance Camp teaches various types of dancing, including ballroom, jazz, ballet and break-dancing.
The camp was closed yesterday in response to the accident, said Detective Don Starner of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
Anatoliy had learned to break-dance at the camp last summer and had so much fun doing it that he went back this summer, his 12-year-old cousin, Alena Gripass, said yesterday at the boy's Owings Mills home.
"He had lots of fun," she said. "He just liked that camp. He bragged about how much fun he had."
She said that during the rest of the year, Anatoliy was interested in video games, watching TV and break-dancing.
He had lived in Owings Mills about eight years with his mother and younger brother, Alena said. His family is from Ukraine, Alena said.
Anatoliy had completed Franklin Middle School in June and was going to be a freshman at Franklin High School in the fall.
"He was a quiet kid who did what he needed to do," said Sandra Reid, an assistant principal at Franklin Middle.
The car with the youngsters from the camp was headed to Lake Superior Park in Bethel, N.Y. at the time of the accident, Starner, the detective, said.
Witnesses said the 1994 Toyota Corolla was traveling at high speeds just before noon Wednesday when the driver lost control and crossed into the oncoming lane, hitting a truck belonging to the Sullivan County Department of Public Works, according to the sheriff's office.
The driver of the car, Irina Mironova, 25, of Miami Beach, Fla., had a suspended Florida driver's license, the sheriff's department said. Just before the accident, deputies had received a 911 call about a car with children inside and Florida license plates that was being driven erratically and "out of control," Starner said.
The other victims were identified as Igor Golovunin, 16, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Gabrielle Saybelman, 12, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Masha Fishman, 14, of Edison, N.J.; and Illya Kapitannikov, 16, of Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the son of camp founder Anna Kapitannikov.
The driver of the truck was treated and released with minor injuries, the sheriff's office said. No charges have been filed as a result of the accident, Starner said.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.