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Long Island Athlete Dies In Car Wreck

Teen drivers have a higher rate of fatal car accidents than any other age group. This is primarily due to their immaturity, lack of driving skills, and lack of experience. In fact, car crashes are the number one cause of death among teens aged 15-19 in the United States. Many of these crashes are due to situations such as distracted driving, speeding, and failure to wear a seatbelt. Because of this, all 50 states have implemented a graduated driver’s license program, taking a teen through steps before they are giving a full driver’s license, preventing many of the distractions that plague them.

The Riverhead Patch reports that a Long Island star athlete has succumbed to the injuries she received in a fatal car wreck.

Melissa Marchese’s death came as a shock to residents of Long Island. She had suffered from critical injuries in a car accident last Thursday evening.

The accident took place at 6:50 p.m. on Thursday night on Route 25A near Miller Avenue.

According to police, 17-year-old Evan Flannery was driving a 2007 Hyundai Elantra south on Miller Avenue, making a left turn onto Route 25A. His vehicle was struck by a 2006 Hinda Accord driven by 34-year-old Michael Troiano.

Marchese was a passenger in Flannery’s Elantra and was airlifted with critical injuries to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries. Flannery and another passenger, 18-year-old Caroline Tyburski suffered from non-life-threatening injuries. Toriano also suffered from non-life-threatening injuries.

Marchese had recently signed on to play softball at the University of Hartford. She was also recognized as a New York State Scholar-Athlete on the all-girls division softball team.

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