On Sunday morning, a car crashed into a tree in Scarsdale, Westchester County, killing five members of the same family.
One child, a kid of nine, managed to escape.
Eyewitness News reports that at before 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, a Nissan Rogue carrying six brothers and relatives lost control and careened off the Hutchinson River Parkway in Scarsdale.
Officials say the car crashed into a tree just north of the exit for Mamaroneck Road and caught fire.
Westchester County law enforcement officials speculate that the driver, a 16-year-old kid, nodded off behind the wheel. Authorities say the victims ranged in age from 8 years old up to 17 years old.
The 9-year-old “was riding in the rear hatchback/cargo area and fled out the rear,” according to a statement released by the Westchester County Police Department.
The child sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital. Fortunately, just one car was involved in the collision.
Derby, Connecticut, superintendent Matt Conway said he found out the kids were from a family who had recently relocated from New York to the area but had not yet enrolled them in school. Conway said he contacted the dad on Sunday to give him resources for him and his family. On Monday, he would have another conversation with the father.
“It’s unimaginable. Having to now make arrangements for five of your children to be buried is a very difficult thing for anyone – one child, never mind five that you’re going to have to now make arrangements for.”
About 80 kilometers (50 miles) separate Scarsdale and Derby to the north. Some information from the Associated Press