Two Brooklyn teens died this week during a driver’s education lesson when their car was T-boned by a truck.
The accident happened Tuesday on County Route 1A in Edenville, according to reports. There were 5 people in the 2007 Chevy Malibu — a 16-year-old girl at the wheel, the 60-year-old driving instructor in the passenger seat, and 3 16-year-old boys in the backseat.
The Malibu had a stop sign and a flashing red light while the bobtail truck had a flashing caution light. The driver’s ed student ran the stop sign and pulled out in front of the truck. The truck driver, who had the right of way, tried to stop in time but was not able. The truck slammed into the rear of the car.
The instructor had a second set of brakes but stated that he did not use them. The father of one of Anthony Baglivo, one of the boys who was killed, said that his son told him that the instructor was too quick to use his brakes and he suspects that the instructor may be at fault. Guiseppe Baglivo told the press, ““That guy, I think he panicked and that’s what happened to those kids. The girl made the right turn, he probably seen the truck and he panicked and he jammed on the brake.”
Two of the boys in the backseat were killed during the crash. The third boy was reported to have died of his injuries, but that source now says that he cannot confirm the boy’s status. The 16-year-old driver and the driving instructor were also injured in the crash. The truck driver was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.
The crash is still under investigation.