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Closing arguments in crash case against NYC teen

June 2, 2014
Associated Press

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A prosecutor told a jury at the closing arguments of a trial of a New York City teen that he "tempted fate" by getting high on marijuana and driving more than 100 mph before crashing on a Long Island road in October 2012.

The crash killed four teenagers. Nineteen-year-old driver Joseph Beer is on trial for charges including aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and driving while intoxicated by drugs.

In closing arguments Monday for the defense, Beer's attorney said the prosecution didn't prove that Beer was impaired by the marijuana. He also said that the area of the Southern State Parkway where the crash took place is dangerous and doesn't have warning signs in the area.

The jury is expected to start deliberations on Tuesday.



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