Columbus Day Accident Slices Car Leaves 4 Dead
The peace of the Long Island neighborhood shattered Monday, Columbus Day 2012 when a car, driven by 17-year-old Joseph Beers, crashed into a stand of trees along the Long Island parkway about four am.
The force of the crash all but sliced the car in half and took the lives of the four 18-year-olds riding with Beers who hails from Queens. The young people were headed west on the Southern State Parkway when the accident occurred. Beers was driving only with a learner’s permit and failed to negotiate a curve.
Parts of the car and glass were strewn between the wooded area and a residential neighborhood. Neighbors were awakened by what sounded like an explosion or a loud boom.
“Just a loud boom,” Amy Buchanan told the Huffington Post.
They said accidents, at least one a year, do happen along that stretch of road. However, the consensus was that most were not as horrific as what happened to these young people.
The car itself was in pieces with the two primary parts loaded as separate units onto a flatbed truck to be taken away. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The roadway remained closed for over five hours to allow for accident investigation and clean up.