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The driver of a car in Queens has been charged with drunk driving after a crash left two of his passengers dead and four others injured. The car accident took place in the New York neighborhood in the early morning of June 29. Police are still investigating the crash, but the driver has been charged with multiple crimes in association with the accident.

Police say the man, 20, was extremely impaired and traveling at approximately 120 miles per hour when he lost control of the vehicle. He struck a guard rail and ejected several passengers from the vehicle. Three teenagers seated in the back seat were thrown clear of the car, including a married couple.

The couple, who have a 1-year-old daughter together, were killed almost immediately, and were pronounced dead at the scene when medical personnel arrived. The other passengers were rushed to hospital with varying injuries. The driver was largely uninjured in the crash, so he was treated at the scene and immediately taken into police custody. He faces charges ranging from driving while impaired to manslaughter to criminal negligence. No trial date has yet been set in this case.

This senseless tragedy could surely have been avoided had the driver obeyed New York laws pertaining to safe operation of a vehicle. However, the car accident occurred and two people paid the price with their lives. The couple’s next of kin are within their rights to file a wrongful death suit against the driver, which would be dealt with separately from any criminal charges in a New York civil court. The injured parties may also wish to file personal injury suits in connection with the accident.

Source: New York Daily News, “Two teen parents killed, four people injured as boozed-up driver crashes in Queens while going 120 mph, law enforcement sources say,” Joseph Stepansky, Clare Trapasso and Joe Kemp, June 29, 2013