5 young people are killed in a car accident in Westchester County
A violent accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway claimed the lives of five youths in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to the Westchester County Police Department.
A sixth child, a 9-year-old boy who was driving through the cargo area of the crashed Nissan Rogue, survived and was taken to Westchester Medical Center. The boy’s injuries are not life-threatening, police said.
The five children who died, four boys and a girl, were between the ages of 8 and 17. The driver was 16, police said.
Police said the children resided in Derby, Connecticut, a manufacturing town 10 miles west of New Haven described as “the smallest town in Connecticut”.
The crash happened as the car was traveling north on the Hutchinson River Parkway between Mamaroneck Road and Mamaroneck Avenue near the Scarsdale-White Plains border. The vehicle left the road for unknown reasons and crashed into a tree, where it caught fire, police said.
While trucks sometimes crash into a low bridge that crosses the Hutchinson River Parkway at Mamaroneck Road, the site of Sunday’s crash was not a known hot spot, police said.
But a local news survey in 2015 that used state data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act detailed the most dangerous stretches of road in New York. The Hutchinson River Parkway near Mamaroneck Avenue was on the list.