On April 4, a car crashed into a creek in Queens, killing its four passengers, none of whom was older than 21. Police said the car accident may have been influenced by rain and speed.
According to the police, a 2009 Honda Accord driven by a 20-year-old man and carrying four passengers attempted to execute a U-turn at a dead-end street adjacent to the Steinway Creek. Investigators said the driver may have taken the U-turn too quickly, which caused the car's tires to slip on the rain-slicked pavement. The driver then reportedly lost control of the vehicle, which rolled over the bank of the creek and into the water. The four passengers, a 19-year-old, a 21-year-old and two 20-year-olds, could not extricate themselves from the submerged vehicle, authorities said. Only the driver managed to survive.