The New York Times reports that two teens and an 11-year-old were killed after two cars performing doughnuts collided at Floyd Bennett Field, a decommissioned airfield located in southeast Brooklyn.
During the Saturday evening that the collision occurred, two of the teenagers were driving, performing a driving stunt called “doughnuts” that send the cars spinning in loops. The cars collided and 911 calls resulted in first responders arriving on the scene.
Three people died in the collision. They were identified as 18-year-old Margarita Sidgiyayeva, her 11-year-old brother, Daniel Sidgiyayeva, and 16-year-old Emil Badalov.
Three other teenagers were injured in the accident. They were in stable condition at Kings County Hospital. Details about their role in the accident have not been disclosed.
As of Sunday, no arrests had been made in the accident. Investigators were still combing through the scene.
Sadly, this story is situated within a larger, devastating statistic about teenage drivers. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among young people. In 2017, there were 2,364 teenagers killed in motor vehicle accidents. Another 300,000 were injured badly enough to receive treatment in emergency departments. Male drivers are more at risk than female drivers of the same age due to their having more risky driving habits. Their death rate was over two times higher than the female auto accident fatality rate.
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It is truly unfortunate that youths lost their lives in an accident like this. Getting a driver’s license is a right of passage that many American teenagers look forward to achieving. For their parents, the increased insurance premiums are often nothing compared to the worry that comes along with handing over the keys to a vehicle.