Originally Posted by dwx
Terrible story. I would not be surprised if the driver was charged with a crime in this, and his family will likely be sued by the victims' families as well.
The driver will be charged with vehicular manslaughter:
1) he had a learners permit and was not under direct supervision of a licensed driver age 21 or older.
2) In NY State a teen with a learners permit cannot drive after 9pm.
3) He was restricted to carrying no more than one other passenger under the age of 18, who was not a family member, until he turned 18 (unless he was being directly supervised by a parent or driving instructor 21 or older). He could not have received an unrestricted license until he turned 18, but that is moot because he didn't have even his Junior License.
His parents will probably also be legally liable, for not supervising him. But specifically this case, his legal problems are just beginning.
He will be go to jail and owe a lot of money. Not a good way to start your life off, post high school.
Other than that, I agree that an STI is too much car for a teen. Statistics don't lie, and the fact that so many teens drive so badly when other teens are in the car are the reason for the NY State graduated licensing law.