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.