Cops: Speed, rain may be factors in New York crash

AP News
Posted: Apr 06, 2014 12:17 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators are looking at speed and rain as possible factors in the deadly crash of a car into a New York City creek that left four young people dead.

Police said Sunday that the driver tried to make a quick U-turn on a dead-end street in Queens. Instead, authorities say the 2009 Honda Accord slipped on the wet road and tumbled into Steinway Creek late Friday evening.

The driver was the only one to escape and called 911.

He and the four passengers who died were returning from a birthday celebration Crystal Gravely. She was to turn 20 on Saturday.

They all lived in Queens' East Elmhurst neighborhood, where families were preparing Sunday for funerals.

Authorities have not released the name of the 20-year-old driver, who suffered minor injuries.