More information is coming to light about what transpired in the incident on the Hutchinson River Parkway the day after a 16-year-old and four of his passengers in an SUV were murdered.
The questions of how and why it occurred remain unresolved. Westchester County Executive George Latimer stated at a news conference on Monday that Malik Smith, 16, was operating the 2021 Nissan Rogue SUV at "normal speed" around 12:20 a.m. on Sunday on the parkway that includes numerous twists and curves.
But, the SUV, which was rented, "continued in a straight line [and] hit a boulder and a tree head-on" just before the Mamaroneck Road overpass, according to Latimer.
Along With Smith, Four Other Youngsters Were In The Vehicle
In the early hours of Sunday, Malik Smith and four other young relatives were killed after 16-year-old Smith crashed off a Scarsdale parkway.
Photos of the deceased, who ranged in age from 8 to 17, surfaced in a succession of social media posts by their parents and a fundraising campaign for their collective funerals.
As he reported that he, his wife, ex-wife, and sister had "lost our darling kids in a fatal vehicle accident," Anthony Billips referred to it as "the most heartbreaking post I ever had to write in my life."
Westchester County Medical Center
Police report that a 9-year-old youngster is receiving non-life-threatening medical care at Westchester County Medical Center for his injuries.
Since he is the only survivor of this tragic accident, it will be a difficult journey for him emotionally. On the Mamaroneck Road exit in Scarsdale, at about 12:20 a.m. on Sunday, a Nissan Rogue drove off the Hutchinson River Parkway, hit a tree, and caught fire.
Authorities said a 16-year-old boy was operating it. He passed away together with three other boys and a female, all of whom were between the ages of 8 and 17. A 9-year-old child is the only survivor; according to authorities, he was traveling in the trunk and managed to escape out the back.
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