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A tragic accident involving an unlicensed driver has resulted in the death of one passenger and the injury of three others, according to local sources. New York police say the car accident happened in the early morning of June 7. The vehicle has since been impounded by authorities.

Reports indicate the vehicle, driven by an unlicensed 17-year-old-boy, veered off the road due to the driver losing control. The vehicle, a sedan, then struck a tree and overturned. One of the passengers, a 16-year-old boy, was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three passengers, the driver, a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, were all taken to local hospitals with injuries described as non life-threatening.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. There is no word yet as to whether alcohol or unsafe speed are suspected as being contributing factors. The driver has been issued a court summons for driving without a license, but no criminal charges have yet been filed.

Sometimes errors of youth can have tragic consequences, as was the case in this car accident. However, youthful ignorance cannot be excused when an individual is killed as a result. Regardless of whether New York police choose to file criminal charges against the unlicensed driver, the family of the deceased passenger may choose to pursue a wrongful death suit in civil court. Similarly, the families of the injured passengers may elect to pursue personal injury suits seeking reimbursement for monetary damages occasioned by the tragedy.

Source: NBC New York, “16-Year-Old Boy Killed, 3 Teens Hurt in Long Island Car Crash,” June 7, 2013