Driver Too Young for License Killed 3 Teens, Cops Say

15-year-old Cindy Sanchez's brother was among the dead
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2018 3:00 PM CDT
Teen Too Young to Drive Charged in Fatal Crash
A New York State Trooper works the scene of a fatal accident, Friday, June 8, 2018 along the Meadowbrook Parkway   (Howard Schnapp/Newsday via AP)/Newsday via AP)

A teen driver who cops say was too young to have a license when she allegedly crashed her father's SUV last week will be charged in the deaths of three passengers. At 15, Cindy Sanchez will be charged with three counts each of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide following the crash in Long Island on Friday, state police told the New York Daily News. Sanchez's father had reported his SUV stolen prior to the deadly crash, in which all three victims were teenagers. Among the dead was Cindy's 13-year-old brother. According to the Associated Press, police say the SUV was packed with 10 people, including Sanchez's 18-month-old daughter.

The baby, along with six teens, survived the crash. All three teens killed failed to wear seatbelts and were ejected from the SUV on impact. Maj. David Candelaria said the packed Chevy Trailblazer was seen speeding and swerving on the Meadowbrook Parkway about 11:45 a.m. Friday before it overturned several times and came to rest in an adjacent marsh. Candelaria said other drivers told police the SUV was racing and weaving in and out of traffic before crashing. Sanchez is due in Nassau County Family Court to be arraigned on Monday.
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