A 15-Year-Old Boy Goes On A Joy Ride That Results In The Death Of A 13-Year-Old Passenger
In New York, the offense of driving without a license can vary in severity depending on the underlying circumstances. Cases where the driver has a license but has accidentally left it at home, or is just not carrying it on their person, are usually dismissed. All the driver needs to do is show up on the appointed court date with their license on their person. In a case where the license is expired or the driver has no license at all, the driver faces a fine of between $75 to $300 and the possibility of 15 days in jail. The most serious charge is when the driver knowingly drives with a license that is suspended, canceled, or revoked.
The New York Daily News reports that a joyride in Harlem has ended with the death of a 13-year-old.
The accident happened in Manhattan on Saturday at around 6:05 P.M. near the intersection of 116th Street and Morningside Avenue. A witness sitting in a nearby parked vehicle said that the driver was going too fast for the turn.
The witness said that the driver hit two cars and then hit the driver’s side mirrors on his van. The witness also noted that while the Nissan SUV was still moving, the front passenger side vehicle opened.
The passenger tried to close the door but was unable to do so. The car was unstable and began to roll onto its side. The 13-year-old male passenger was crushed beneath the vehicle.
NYPD officers who were nearby on an unrelated assignment spotted the SUV as it sped around the corner. They quickly arrived at the crash site.
The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, only identified as a 15-year-old boy, suffered from critical injuries.
Authorities believe that the SUV had been stolen earlier in Manhattan.