A fiery crash on the Hutchinson River Parkway took the lives of five young people in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to the Westchester County Police Department.
A sixth child, a 9-year-old boy who was riding in the cargo area of the Nissan Rogue that crashed, survived and was taken to Westchester Medical Center. The boy’s injuries are not life-threatening, the police said.
The five dead children, four male and one female, ranged in age from 8 to 17. The driver was 16, the police said.
The police said the children were residents of Derby, Conn., a manufacturing town 10 miles west of New Haven that is described as “Connecticut’s smallest city.”
The crash occurred as the car was heading northbound on the Hutchinson River Parkway, between Mamaroneck Road and Mamaroneck Avenue near the Scarsdale-White Plains border. The vehicle veered off the road for unknown reasons and crashed into a tree, where it caught fire, police said.
While trucks sometimes crash into a low bridge that crosses the Hutchinson River Parkway at Mamaroneck Road, the site of Sunday’s crash was not a known trouble spot, the police said.
But a local news investigation in 2015 that used state data obtained via the Freedom of Information Law detailed New York’s most dangerous stretches of roadway. The Hutchinson River Parkway, near Mamaroneck Avenue, made the list.