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Man Reached 154 Miles Per Hour in Deadly Long Island Crash

Newly released court records indicate a 23-year-old man who was accused of speeding down a Long Island road and causing a fatal accident was traveling at 154 miles per hour in a stolen vehicle.

The crash, which occurred on Valentine’s Day, resulted in the deaths of a mother, her two adult children and three other people. Now, that man faces charges of depraved indifference murder and other felonies in what Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini labeled a “massacre.”

What happened in the crash?

According to prosecutors, accident reconstruction specialists determined the stolen car was traveling at more than 154 miles per hour — faster than airplanes at takeoff. Prosecutors also say the man had previously bragged to friends about the speeds he could reach in his vehicle, saying he would be able to “outrun police” if they attempted to pursue him. The driver has been bedridden in a hospital since the accident and pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated unlicensed operation, criminal possession of stolen property and reckless endangerment.

The man’s 19-year-old passenger was one of the five people killed in the accident. The other fatalities included a 55-year-old woman, her 36-year old daughter and 33-year-old son, and the son’s 42-year-old girlfriend.

All drivers must travel at reasonable speeds and obey posted speed limits. Violating these rules of the road can make individuals liable for any accidents or injuries that happen as a result of their irresponsible actions.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a reckless driver, speak with an experienced Long Island personal injury attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.