5 young people killed when car crashes into tree in Westchester County


SCARSDALE, NY – Authorities said five young people died after their car crashed early Sunday morning in Westchester County, WABC reports.

The accident happened along the Hutchinson River Parkway near the Mamaroneck Road exit in Scarsdale at about 12:20 a.m.  Police said a 16-year-old boy was driving a 2021 Nissan Rogue when the vehicle veered off the roadway, struck a boulder and then collided with a tree.  The incident caused the vehicle to catch fire.

Four boys and a girl in the car were killed in the wreck. They were ages 17, 16, 12, 11 and 8.   The only survivor was a 9-year-old boy who was able to escape out the rear through the hatchback area.  He was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.

According to family members, the six youngsters in the car were all siblings and cousins who were traveling from a mall to Derby, Connecticut at the time of the wreck.

Investigators do not believe excessive speed was a contributing factor in the incident, but did disclose that the 16-year-old driver did not have a driver’s license or a permit.  According to News12 Westchester, authorities are looking into whether the driver fell asleep or was distracted prior to the crash.

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