A teenager from Central Islip died following a head-on collision Monday evening in which he was ejected from his vehicle, report Suffolk County Police. Authorities say that 17-year-old Anthony Fucci was driving a Honda Civic northbound on Lowell Avenue when he struck a Toyota Sequoia after apparently losing control of his car near Satinwood Street.
Police have yet to determine what exactly caused the crash and if excessive speed was a factor, but neighbors in the area say that many motorists along that stretch of curve often drive more than double the speed limit.
After the accident, Fucci was taken to Bay Shore’s Southside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Central Islip car crash kills teenage boy
Both the driver of the Toyota Sequoia, 33-year-old Vladimir Moreno, and his two young children suffered minor injuries in the collision. They were also taken to Southside Hospital for medical treatment.
Moreno told police that Fucci was “driving too fast” on the curve, adding that he feels bad for the Fucci family, considering the victim was just a teen.
However, a DMV spokesperson told NBC New York that Fucci only had a junior learner’s permit, which places restrictions on new drivers. With such a license, the Central Islip teen could only drive a vehicle if he was accompanied with a licensed driver at least 21 years old, meaning he should not have been on the on the road alone in the first place.
The victim’s grandfather says Fucci was on his way home from school when the crash occurred, and still has no clue what really happened that tragic day.
Both Fucci’s Honda and Moreno’s Toyota have been impounded so that authorities can perform safety checks on the vehicles. Suffolk County police are continuing to investigate the cause of the head-on collision, and ask anyone with information to please contact Third Squad detectives.
Relevant liability issues in regards to negligence
New York State imposes penalties for driving without a valid driver’s license; however, operating a vehicle with only a learner’s permit does not relate to responsibility or fault for an accident. In the context of legal liability, courts have ruled that a lack of license is not sufficient evidence that a person acted with negligence or was an unsafe driver.
In other words, there must usually be a causal connection between the driver’s failure to comply with vehicle operating regulations under their current license or failure to have a license and the resulting accident.
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