The victims or deceased from the crash are: 1. Anthony Billips Jr., 17 years old 2. Zahnyiah Cross, 12 years old 3. Shawnell Cross, 11 years old 4. Andrew Billips, 8 years old : “Fiery Crash in New York That Killed Five Connecticut Children Ruled Accidental”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Tragic Fiery Crash in New York Claims Lives of Five Connecticut Children and Teens

A devastating accident in March in New York has left the community mourning the loss of five children and teens from Connecticut. Officials have now concluded that the fiery crash was an accident, likely caused by the 16-year-old driver falling asleep at the wheel.

The Westchester County Police Department announced on Tuesday that no charges will be filed in connection with the crash that occurred on March 19 at 12:20 a.m. on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Scarsdale, New York. The incident involved a 2021 Nissan Rogue driven by 16-year-old Malik Smith, who had five other passengers between the ages of 8 and 17. Tragically, the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the highway, striking a boulder and a tree before catching fire.

The intense flames claimed the lives of all the family members in the rental SUV, except for a 9-year-old who managed to escape through a shattered rear window. The survivor sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was the sole witness to the horrific accident.

Following a thorough investigation, the Westchester County police stated that there was no evidence indicating that the vehicle had been involved in a collision or that the driver had attempted to evade the accident. Based on a forensic examination, it is believed that the young driver likely fell asleep, leading the vehicle to veer off the road.

Toxicology reports have confirmed that neither drugs nor alcohol played a role in the crash. The investigation has now been closed, bringing some closure to the grieving families.

Authorities have also revealed that Smith did not possess a driver’s license or permit at the time of the accident. The rented vehicle belonged to a family member, and the group of youths was reportedly traveling from New Jersey to their new home in Derby, Connecticut.

The Westchester County police emphasized that any inquiries regarding family-related matters should be directed to Connecticut officials, as their department had been inundated with questions following the tragic crash.

As the community mourns the loss of these young lives, it serves as a reminder of the importance of road safety and the dangers of drowsy driving. May their memories serve as a catalyst for increased awareness and prevention of such devastating accidents in the future.

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