Three 15-year-old Pennsylvania boys died in a motor vehicle accident on Aug. 30. Police reported that the driver of the SUV was a 15-year-old girl from New York.
The teenagers were reportedly returning from a meal around 11:30 a.m. when the driver, allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control of the SUV, causing it to roll. One boy was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other two boys died at area hospitals. In addition to the driver, a fourth 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, also a New York resident, survived the accident with minor injuries.
The driver is reportedly facing criminal charges in connection with the accident, but these charges were not publicly disclosed. It was also not known whether any charges would be filed against the girl's parents.
Underage drivers are unlikely to have the experience or maturity to drive safely. They can create extremely dangerous and even deadly situations for their passengers and other motorists.
Those who lose a loved one due to reckless driving committed by another driver may find themselves having to deal with substantial medical and funerary costs in addition to other damages. An attorney may help determine if a family put in such a position could seek compensation from the at-fault party. For example, an attorney could investigate whether the parents of the underage driver in this case might be held accountable for their child's actions. A personal injury or wrongful death claim may allow victims or their families to recover economic and non-economic damages as they go through this very emotional time.
Source: The Journal News, "Pleasantville girl, 15, driver in Pa. crash that killed 3: D.A.", James O'Rourke and Steve Lieberman, Sept. 4
Source: ABC 7, "Girl, 15, driving in Poconos crash that killed 3 PA. teens", September 02, 2014