UPDATE: NYS Police: Teens Involved in Fatal Parkway Crash

Four of the five occupants were killed in Monday's early morning crash.

The occupants of a vehicle involved in a single fatal car crash early Monday morning on the Southern State Parkway in Malverne were all teenagers, according to New York State Police.

The 2012 Subaru Impreza was approaching exit 17N near 4 a.m. when the driver, Joseph Beer, 17, of Queens, reportedly failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the car. According to police, Beer was driving with a learner's permit. The car left the parkway and struck several trees. The driver and four occupants - all age 18 from Queens - were ejected from the vehicle, police stated.

The four passengers -- Christopher Khan, Neal Rajapa, Peter Kanhai and Darian Ramnarine -- were pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver was transported to Winthrop Hospital in Mineola where he is currently being treated, police said. The deceased were transported to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.

The investigation is ongoing and NYS Police are asking anyone with additional information to call 561-8492.

This story was updated at 7:44 a.m. on Oct. 9, 2012.

fredo October 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
this will continue until NYS decides to enforce the speed limit. Drivers on the SSP act like they are on a race track.
Terry October 09, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Why are underage teens out at 4 am? Especially the driver with a learners permit?? and not wearing seatbelts?? sounds like a party took place Sunday evening
Clioscribe October 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
What bad decisions - buying a car for a 17 year-old with a learners permit, allowing him to have four passengers - and being out at 4AM? What a costly and painfull lessons for that boy AND his parents!!!
KC October 09, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Condolences and my thoughts prayers are with those families affected. I wouldn't wish this kind of hurt and pain on anyone. But, parents who are out of touch with reality: you need to wake up and smell the reality or this could be your child. Use your "common sense" and be absolutely sure your teen is ready for this tremendous responsibility we take for granted. I'm a parent of teens, and my rule is....no radio, no passengers, cell phones off until I feel it's appropriate for the first two. Also, what makes parents think it's a good idea to get a teen a fast or sports car? So heart breaking to hear of this tragedy!
S. Buck October 09, 2012 at 06:33 PM
KC, I can't believe you are blaming the parents! Just because you tell your children "No cell phones, no radio, etc." Doesn't mean they will listen. Talk about smell the reality!
J. amlett October 09, 2012 at 07:10 PM
@ S. Buck I agree with you 110%. You can tell kids a million times what to and not to do and no matter what, they're going to find a way to do the opposite. We as parents can only verbally direct the do's and dont's to our children which is not a guarantee that once they're out and about away from us are going to do what we say. Wake up KC.
Nadira Khan October 09, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I totally agree with your comment.. Well said.
Reshma October 09, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I blame the parents.. Beer parents first of all shouldn't buy a car for their son just because he has good grades.. Teach him of the rules before giving him a brand new car and make sure he has a driver license. Yes buy him stuff make him feel appreciated and give him compliments but buying a car with a learner's permit was a big fat NO. now this boy will face man slaughter for his responsibilities and for his actions. Four young lives were taken away just because this boy failed to know the speed limit while the road is wet and driving on a highway with so much speed to split the car in half. I blame him. If he was a responsible driver he would know the rules. I'm sorry if I offended anyone but why in the Sam Hill was these young teenagers out so late at night why was it because there males and they could do whatever they want. Be responsible and then I'll give you whatever you ask for. The ny law will go after this boy now just because his parents gave him a brand new car without a DL, know what you can award your kids before they make a awful mistake like this one.
Clioscribe October 10, 2012 at 12:59 AM
S. Buck and j. amlett - get your heads out of your asses! Of course kids will push beyond what you "say" they can do! So you DO NOT give them access to a powerful car with only a learners permit - and what the bloody hell were they doing on the road at 4AM??? If you think all a parent can do is "talk" to their kids, not only do I hope you do not have any - but do us all a favor and go out and get sterilized!!!
Clioscribe October 10, 2012 at 01:00 AM
You are ABSOLUTELY correct!
vanwilson October 10, 2012 at 04:15 AM
s.buck ( i say this with kindness shut the #$@^% up idoit ) Im a parent an i do take responsibilty for my kids actions ..... Where are you from......
KWAL78 October 10, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Lets all calm down and remember that four young lives were lost. Anybody can be a Monday morning quarter back but does that do anything to console the parents of these children. Parents who now have to live with the nightmare that all parents dread. Say a prayer for these lost souls and for their parents, grandparents and siblings. Anyone reading the story can take several lessons from it. There is just no need to pass judgement and be harsh. What happened was bad enough.
Reshma October 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Kwal78, I'm not saying I'm not sorry. My condolence goes to those families matter of fact two of them are good friends of mine. My heart got broken in half, I got anger and grieve in me. Angry that this could have been voided if this kid parents didn't buy him a car and grieve that these boys parents are non stop crying.
PrimeTime October 10, 2012 at 02:58 PM
TOTALLY parents fault. You just don't go and buy your 17 year old (especailly a male 17 y.o.) a brand new ANY CAR! My son borrowed my V6 and it just cost a side panel plus some money for the other car he hit. My reward for him was to get him a 1999 4 cylinder vehicle. If they made a 3 cylinder, he would have gotten that one. When my daughter gets her permit (soon), she too will get a 4 cylinder vehicle and she is an A plus student. Parents, take into account that your daughter's boyfriend is probably going to driving the vehicle too at some point no matter what conditions you give them. I feel for all the people involved in this (avoidable) accident. Be PARENTS............NOT FRIENDS to your children!!!!!
Clioscribe October 10, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I agree that the most important thing here is the tragedy. My heart hurts for those poor children who lost their lives, for their families who will never fully recover from this agony - and even for those foolish parents and their son who have to live with what is way too high a cost for their mistakes. My point to those two idiots, was that parents have to be responsible and make good decisions for their kids - the kids are not ready to make them for themselves at 17. That boy was given too much, and now must pay way too much. The idea that you have absolutely no control or responsibility with your teens is a cop-out!!!
KC October 10, 2012 at 04:39 PM
WOW Thank you for the "REALITY CHECK" S. Buck! Again, I send condolences to all bereaved!
Donna October 10, 2012 at 05:47 PM
My heart breaks for the families of these children. As a mother of a young adult I often remind him about making good choices while he is with his friends and the responsibilities of driving a car, telling him it's not a right it's a privilege. That doesn't guarantee that nothing is going to happen. Fact, the Prefrontal Cortex of the brain which controls impulses and judgement making is not fully developed until the mid 20's. (google it for more info). We have always known teenagers and young adults don't always understand the consequences of their behavior even before scientists discovered this. I Like other parents who trust their children still pray that my child comes home safe every day.
Jason October 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Helloooooo They bought him a brand new car and allowed him to drive it illegally? They,the parents, should be held responsible! As far as boys being boys, this one is over the line. Anything to justify it is the same laxidaisical crap that caused it and will continue to cause it. What was the drug or alcohol habits practiced here? Were the parents are or even suspicious of its use? They are in deep? The deserve what they get, along with the driver. An example must be set here!.
Jason October 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Thank you Reshma!
the big kahuna October 10, 2012 at 06:16 PM
ny post says driver high on pot. Hope he rots in jail for the rest of his life.
Jason October 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
These comments are completely justified. They should be angry. It could have been much worse........... It will probably continue. Our voices, for whatever they are worth, should remain angry and loud until parents are responsible! Our legislators must make the necessary changes starting with harsh punishment here. Contact all your legislators, so easy online and let them have it! We also need much more presence of our police and highway patrol. They are non existent? I remember a time when there was patrols and common to see someone pulled over for infractions. Today possibly in isolated spots you'll see them at the end of the month I know it you know it and all the jackasses out there know it!
Jason October 10, 2012 at 06:24 PM
There are mistakes, yes........there is also defiance of laws and rules, particularly of those who are given what ever they desire by their parents. There is no excuse here. Sympathy for those killed, their family and friends of course. The rest, they will have their day in court.
Jason October 10, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Yeah, seat belts would have left them unscathed?? Maybe on a zero gravity planet!
Jason October 10, 2012 at 06:30 PM
We're the parents aware of their use of it? If so, they too should rot in jail!
Clioscribe October 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Keep in mind, Kahuna - his four friends were probably smoking whatever he was smoking - and made the poor decision of getting into the car with him driving.
Jason October 10, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I have neighbors who are unconcerned of their kids use of alcohol and pot. They allow it in their homes amongst their friends too. They arrive sober then drive away drunk & high as a kite.. They are age 15-18. Do the parents of their friends know this?? The police have been notified however, are unconcerned here.
Jason October 10, 2012 at 06:35 PM
but, would you buy him a car w/o a drivers license???
Reshma October 10, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Wow, wow, wow. Kids will b kids I agree he could smoke weed, do drugs, drink do what ever he wants, he is a kid. A kid who's too young without a driver licenses to have his own car, it's just wrong, big mistake for Joseph and bigger mistake for the parents of Beer's. Tragic accident and unfortunately these four kids shouldn't have paid for it the way they did. Joseph is still a kid who still needs advice but his parents are not kids they're the one at fault. Mistakes do happen but not like this. Wednesday will b a hard and very difficult day for the Khan's family. May all four of them rest in peace and may the lord protect and guide this young man (Joseph) thru this difficult time in his life. P.S Us as parents need to protect our kids and guide them thru the right path, yes they will make their own decisions but us as parents must put our foot down and help them find their way not giving and encouraging the wrong things.
Clioscribe October 10, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Well said, Reshma
Vj December 11, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Mommy and dad bought the really smart kid a sti. I guess he's not as smart as everyone thought. Well he got 35 years in jail and I said justice had been served. Can't stop people from racing. Ny should just open a track to race on but as we all know its all a money making bussinse


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