A Queens man has been found guilty on four counts of Manslaughter 2nd degree, Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree, and Reckless Driving following a 2012 high-speed crash that killed four of the young man’s friends.
On October 8, 2012, then 17-year-old Joseph Beer lost control of his 2012 Subaru Impreza while driving westbound on the Southern State Parkway and skidded 200 feet across three lanes of traffic before finally slamming into a tree, according to LongIsland.com.
Four passengers who were in Beer’s car at the time of the crash were killed. Darian Ramnarine, 18, of Inwood; Peter Kanhai, 18, of South Ozone Park; Neal Rajapa, 17, of South Ozone Park; and Christopher Kahn, 18, of Ozone Park were thrown from the vehicle when it split in half. Beer suffered only minor injuries, but admitted to smoking marijuana before driving, LongIsland.com reported.
Authorities say Beer was driving in excess of 110 miles per hour at the time of the wreck. He only had a learner’s permit and was prohibited from driving between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. The crash occurred at approximately 3:35 a.m. Beer was also charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a License, but the charge will be decided by the court and not the jury, according to LongIsland.com.
Beer is due to appear in court on June 24. He is facing five to 15 years in prison, LongIsland.com reported.