Malverne, NY – The parents of a 17-year-old boy who crashed his car and killed four of his friends back in October are now being charged with unlicensed operation of a vehicle for allowing him to drive without a valid driver’s license.
On October 8th, 17 year old Joseph Beer was driving with his four 17-18 year old friends as passengers. Around 3:40 am, he was doing about 110 mph when he lost control of his vehicle on a stretch of road called “Dead Man’s Curve.” The car flew into the woods and split in two after hitting a tree. Chris Khan, Peter Kanhai and Darian Ramnarine, all 18, and Neal Rajapa, 17, were all killed in the crash, none of whome were wearing their seatbelt. Joseph was wearing a seat belt and survived.
He is now facing 25 years in prison after being charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter in the first degree, four counts of manslaughter in the second degree, and a whole host of other charges that are just different configurations of the words manslaughter, degree and reckless. The driving while intoxicated charge is creating a bit of a stir because he had not been drinking, but did have marijuana in his system.
A further twist in this tragic story is that prosecutors have charged Joseph’s parents, Patricia and Aaditia Beer, with unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Joseph only had a learner’s permit and was prohibited from driving from 9pm to 5am. Not only did his parents allow him to violate the terms of the learner’s permit, they actually bought him his car, a 2012 Subaru Impreza, as a reward for good grades.
“They allowed their son to drive a vehicle they owned, and they knew he did not possess a driver’s license,” said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. ““He was driving a souped-up, 305-horsepower sports car at twice the legal limit while he was high on marijuana. The consequences of his choices are unspeakable tragedy.”
What I cannot seem to find, is anywhere in which it states that Beer’s parents allowed him to be driving that night. According to a statement his mother made, they did not. “It’s not like we give him the key and say, ‘Go kill somebody,’ ” Beers’ mom told The Post. “Nobody wants their kids to go out there in the middle of the night without your consent.”
Beer’s parents are each facing up to 15 days in jail or a $300 fine if convicted. So what do you think? Should parents be charged with a crime if their kid sneaks out of the house and gets into an accident while driving illegally? If so, what about the parents of the four teens who died. Should their parents also face charges for not knowing what their kids were up to at 3:40 in the morning?Tags: Accident, Crime, Joseph Beer, Manslaughter, marijuana, New York