Hasbrouck Heights Man Charged In Fatal Route 208 Crash

Passenger, 24, from North Haledon, killed in single car accident.

A 22-year-old Hasbrouck Heights man was charged with vehicular homicide Thursday after his passenger died in an early morning drunk driving crash on Route 208, authorities said.

Lukisz Skibicki was driving a 2002 Ford Taurus northbound on the highway when he failed to negotiate a bend in the road and crashed into a tree, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a news release.

His passenger, George Kantakis, 24, of North Haledon, was pronounced dead at 2:40am by a doctor from Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. Skibicki suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries, Molinelli said, and remains hospitalized at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson.

Skibicki has been charged with one count of second degree vehicular homicide, and was issued motor vehicle summonses for DWI and reckless driving.

The accident occurred near the Fair Lawn Avenue exit.

Kantakis was born in Ridgewood and grew up in North Haledon. He was a graduate of The Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes and Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, according to his obituary on ObitsforLife.com. He attended Bergen Community College. 

Kantakis is survived by his parents Patricia Spinnler of North Haledon and George Kantakis of Franklin Lakes; his grandparents, Robert and Theresa Spinnler of Wyckoff; and sister Theresa Ann Kantakis and John David Kantakis, according to his obituary.

He would have celebrated his twenty-fifth birthday next month.

Harlan Consider April 23, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Who assumed?
Harlan Consider April 23, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Kid? He is 22. That makes him an adult. Secondly, he WAS drunk. Read the article.
Rita Jansen May 24, 2012 at 09:56 PM
i was hoping for a sense of community here. we don't have to agree, but we should be sensitive & respectful. luke was a 22 year old kid. yes, his age makes him an "adult," but do you remember being 22? having that immature sense of invincibility, of thinking nothing that bad can happen to you? luke made the choice to get behind the wheel & greg made the choice to get in the car. both parties were wrong. young & reckless. but - how is it not clear to you that luke or greg could so easily be you or someone you know? back when i was in HS we had a special assembly with a convicted DUI offender, who spoke of the pain of his accident--his own injuries, the death of his sister--& that had much more of an impact on us, as teens, than any statistics or viewings of wrecked cars. if there's any good that can come of this, it's luke helping others not make the same mistakes he did. not spreading hate. not giving up on him as a fellow human being. i'm not saying that any drunk driver should go unpunished, but we shouldn't immediately jump on a bandwagon to stone the person to death (of course, i'm being a little dramatic here, but hopefully you get the point). we should focus on sending love to both families & thinking about a way that teens can ACTUALLY learn from this (not by grotesquely displaying the car while the accident is still so fresh for those affected). no one here has a right to judge. if you have nothing to offer but hate, you should really reconsider your priorities.
Curly Howard July 17, 2012 at 04:14 AM
@Rita Jansen: rita we shouldn't be sensitive about this subject if you look up the records of drunk driving accidents most if not all drunk drivers survive and the innocent die. unfortunately those "kids" as you say were both under the influence of alcohol. i honestly think that anyone who gives these guys sympathy for their stupid and retarded actions there was no reason for them to get behind that wheel whatsoever. and we all have the right to judge a criminal.


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