The car accident took place on Monday afternoon around 2:30 pm at the intersection of 54th Street and 4th Avenue in Sunset Park in Brooklyn, NYC. 5 teenage girls were riding in the Camaro and a man and his 5-year-old son were inside the minivan. A female pedestrian in her 40ies who was crossing the street was also hit by the Camaro. Another car, a Honda Pilot was damaged in the crash.
The pedestrian suffered serious injury and was transported to the hospital. The father and his son as well as one of the teens aboard the Camaro were also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
The teenage driver was issued a summon for striking the pedestrian.
Teens riding with other teens are dangerous drivers with a high risk of accident
Every day, approximately 10 people are killed or visit the emergency room due to a car accident caused by a teen driver in New York State according to statistics from the NY Health Department. Injuries caused by teen drivers are estimated to cost around $23 million in hospital charges in New York State every year. Car accidents are also a leading cause of unintentional death for teens.
According to New York State Law, since February 22 2010, no more than one passenger under the age of 21 is allowed to drive with a junior licensed driver unless a parent, a guardian or a driving instructor is in the car. Statistics show that the risk of fatal crash for a teen driver doubles when another teen passenger is in the car. This risk increases for each additional teen passenger in the car. Safety experts recommend parents not allow their teen children to transport teenage passengers until they drove unsupervised for at least 1000 miles or six months.