It is likely that the families of four teenagers are in mourning after reports have come in of their sons' deaths. The four young men appear to have been traveling from Long Island to New York City when the driver of the Subaru SUV in which they were riding lost control of his vehicle. The New York Daily News reports that the road may have been wet and that the driver may have been speeding.
Other sources have said that the driver of the SUV only had his learner's permit. Under New York state law, a driver with a permit is only able to have passengers if he or she is being supervised by an adult driver. In fact, someone with a learner's permit may not drive at all without another driver who is at least 21 years old in the vehicle. This means that if the driver had complied with the law, his friends would never have died.
Though there is some confusion as to whether the driver survived, many reports indicate that he was taken to the hospital and is expected to live. Tragically, however, his four passengers did not make it and died after being thrown from the vehicle. The moment the SUV left the road, it collided with a tree, slicing the car in half and ejecting the passengers.
It remains to be seen what caused this horrific accident, but more information will likely come out of the ongoing investigation. Whether it was caused by the wet road, the inexperience and age of the driver, or potentially a distraction from within the car, the driver may soon find himself a defendant in four wrongful death lawsuits.
Source: New York Daily News, "Four dead in crash on Long Island," Corky Siemaszko, Oct. 8, 2012
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