A Long Island teen is facing charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide after his involvement in a fatal crash that took the lives of five of his friends. The two drivers had been allegedly street racing before one driver lost control and crashed his vehicle head-on into another car.
The Long Island car accident lawyers of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye warn Nassau and Suffolk County residents that illegal drag racing is a deadly endeavor that can lead to serious consequences for those lucky enough to survive.
Cory Gloe, now 18, has been charged with five counts of second-degree manslaughter, five counts of criminally negligent homicide and two counts of second-degree assault. Gloe, who has also been charged with counts of reckless driving, leaving the scene of the accident and reckless endangerment, could face a maximum sentence of 5-15 years in prison. Out of 17 counts in the indictment against Gloe, 13 are felony charges.
Racing alleged in crash
The incident occurred on Saturday, May 10, just after midnight, according to a report at ABC New York. Gloe and four passengers were riding in Gloe’s 2008 Toyota Scion, when they encountered 17-year-old Tristan Reichle and four passengers in his 2001 Nissan Sentra. Gloe allegedly challenged Reichle to race when the two cars stopped at red light at Conklin Street and Route 110.
When the light turned green, the two cars were reported to have sped off in a race going westbound on Conklin Street. Reichle lost control of his vehicle, crossed the road into oncoming traffic and collided with a 2011 GMC Terrain. Two of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle; four died at the scene. The fifth died at an area hospital the day after the accident. The two occupants of the Terrain were seriously injured and continue to undergo surgeries and other medical treatment as part of their recovery.
The victims killed in the crash included Reichle, Jesse Romero (18), Carly Lonnborg (14), Noah Francis (15) and Cody Talanian (17). Gloe’s vehicle was not involved in the accident and no one in the car was injured. However, charges were brought against Gloe by a grand jury after investigators determined drag racing was involved in the accident.
Street racing on Long Island an ongoing problem
Illegal drag racing is an ongoing problem across the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 122 crashes took the lives of 153 during race-related accidents between 2001 and 2010. However, the definition of a race-related crash changed in 2009, from an incident that resulted in actual racing charges to an incident where investigators determined racing was involved. That change increased the number of race-related deaths to 1.047 between 2001 and 2008.
The National Hot Rod Association also acknowledges that illegal racing is on the rise. The organization warns that there are stiff penalties for drivers involved in these races, including large fines and arrest. While these penalties are designed to discourage drivers from racing, they are little help to those who have been the victims of illegal racing.
Long Island car accident attorneys can help
Street racing can be dangerous and even deadly for the driver, passengers and other drivers on the road. If you are a victim of a race-related crash, or you lose a loved one in one of these incidents, the impact can be life-changing. The Nassau and Suffolk County car accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye understand the challenges faced by victims of these crashes. Our team of Long Island wrongful death attorneys works with victims and their families to pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other non-economic losses.
If you are the victim of a race-related crash on Long Island, you need help from professionals that know how to navigate the complex legal process. Contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye at 1-800-469-7429 to get a free evaluation of your case and discuss your legal options.