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Teen Killed in Southern State Crash

The incident occurred early Wednesday morning just west of the Eagle Avenue exit.

A 16-year-old driver was killed early Wednesday morning on the Southern State Parkway after striking a tree on the side of the road.

According to New York State Police, at approximately 12:33 a.m., Nasir Rivera, 16, of Elmont, was operating a 1998 Acura westbound on the Southern State Parkway just west of exit 18 when he drove off the roadway and struck a tree.

Rivera was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

According to Newsday [paid link], Rivera was the only occupant in the car at the time of the accident.

Investigation into the cause of the accident is pending.

michele April 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM
My boyfriend was the one to find that poor boy.The impact from the accident shook our home, which is behind the accident scene. There are accidents constantly at that exit but this one was the worst we have seen yet. There was no preparing for what he saw. Wether or not he should have been out driving at that time is neither here or there, a family lost their child and they should get nothing other than our thoughts and prayers to be able to get through this. Our condolences to the Rivera family.

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