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A teen driver is being faulted for a serious car crash that injured two individuals and tragically killed his passenger, according to local sources. New York authorities in Queens responded to the car accident that occurred late in the evening of Jan. 14 and involved two vehicles. At this time, police have not filed charges against the driver believed to be responsible for the crash. 

Reportedly, the 19-year-old driver of a sports car was traveling near Far Rockaway when his vehicle abruptly moved into the oncoming lane. His car collided with a car coming from the other direction and operated by a 29-year-old woman. Both she and her 21-year-old male passenger suffered injuries initially characterized as minor. 

The driver of the sports car and his 19-year-old passenger were both rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries. The passenger died later that day, and the driver was still listed as being in serious condition at last report. Police do not believe alcohol use was a factor in the crash, though speeding is suspected. The investigation is still considered open. 

Should the authorities conclude that the driver of the sports car was responsible for the car accident, he could face criminal charges. The family of the deceased passenger and the two injured parties from the other vehicle involved may also wish to file wrongful death and personal injury suits against him and any other owners of the vehicle. These suits would be handled in a New York civil court and would not rely on a criminal conviction, though evidence of negligence on the driver’s part — such as speeding — would be necessary to establish financial liability. 

Source: New York Post, “Teen crashes sports car, killing friend“, Natasha Velez, Jan. 15, 2015