17-Year-Old Killed In Westbury Crash

WESTBURY, NY (CBSNewYork) – A 17-year-old student was killed and three other people were injured in a two-car collision in Westbury Tuesday, police said.

Hunks of metal hung in the trees, and debris was scattered across the grass, tragic markers of the car crash that killed 17-year-old Frankie Posillico and seriously wounded Dan Roche and Joe Scaperrotti, reports CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown.

They were three young men with promising futures, and now their Long Island community is in shock.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

“We really don’t know what happened yet, so I don’t know what to say,” Posillico’s aunt said.

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A makeshift memorial at the crash scene (Photo/Mona Rivera)

Police say Posillico was behind the wheel of his BMW – a Christmas present – driving his friend home from the gym. They say he blew through a stop sign and plowed into another car, sending both careening off the side of the road.

Posillico was ejected from the vehicle and killed instantly.

“He was a good kid. He was a really good kid,” a relative told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

Police said 16-year-old Daniel Roche suffered spinal injuries and is in a coma. He is listed in critical condition. The other teen, Joseph Scaperrotta, 16, is listed in serious but stable condition. The driver of the other vehicle was not seriously injured.

“It appears that this was a matter of high speed, inexperience and a stop sign that was not observed,” Detective Lieutenant Ray Cote, of the Nassau County Police Department, said.

The tragedy has touched nearly everyone in the town of Westbury, but perhaps no place feels the pain as intensely as the local firehouse.

Roche is a relative of one of the members, and Scaperrotta is the son of one of the firefighters. His father responded to the call without knowing his son was involved.

Posillico was a junior volunteer firefighter for four years.

“They’re taking it pretty rough because they do have pagers, they come to all the calls, and when they show up at the scene knowing it’s their friends, it’s tough on them,” Chief Patrick Cody said.

Residents in the area say the intersection – in fact, the entire street – is dangerous, and they’ve seen countless accidents there, each time praying a lesson is learned.

“I’ve seen more kids die in this neighborhood die in the last six or seven years than I have in my whole lifetime,” one resident said.

Now one more young man has been added to that list, and two others are clinging to life.

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  2. Franca says:

    Give your kids an extra hug everyday. It is so easy to judge when it happens to someone else, but when it hits home your life changes and it’s never the same. We lost our nephew that day. Frankie, we love you and miss you. Keep watching over your little cousins and rest in peace. God will give us the strength to go on until we see you again. We will love you always!

  3. Donna Lore says:

    Let’s remember that a young man has lost his life and two more are fighting for theirs. We’ve all made stupid mistakes when we were young. Sadly, Frankie’s mistake cost him his life, and now his family and friends will forever be changed.

    This is a wake up call for the friends of these young men. Let’s follow the lead of the London Family of Newton, MA and turn this tragedy into something positive. It’s the ultimate ah-ha moment. Go to http://www.apromisetoadam.org. Honor your friends and take the pledge.

  4. HC says:

    I absolutely agree. After showing his inability to drive with two accidents in one month, how could the parents gift him a car? The kid was obviously unfazed by those accidents because he wasn’t even wearing a seat belt. Poor judgment all around.

    The scary part was this happened on residential streets at 5:30pm. Imagine this happened any other season when kids would be playing in front of their houses.

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  8. ummmm says:

    very sad story may he rest in peace….for those of you who say teenagers shouldnt be driving on the road ur wrong….all of us were once 16 or 17 and couldnt wait to get our license….some people just dont know when to stop and i would have no problem in giving my son/daughter a BMW i want the best for him/her as long as he/she is trustworthy and well experienced….the more u teach them to drive the better drivers and smarter drivers they are

    1. DanTe says:

      It is NOT that teens or old folks can’t drive. It is a T ARD should not be behind the wheels be it a teen or elderly. If you really want your T ARDS to be on the road, than line them up on the on/off ramps. At least they’ll be useful as a soft barrier.

  9. Hero Sandwich says:

    What happened to the person who was in the car that this teenager slammed into?

    1. DanTe says:

      That person was not a T ARD, so she warrants no sympathy amongst the T ARDS here or in the media. You have to be like this imbecile or a Diane Schuler to get a sympathy write up from the twits in media. Remember the glowing eulogy the libturds here gave Schuler initially?

  10. Allison says:

    These comments are truly disgusting. I think you are all missing the fact that a teenager has passed away and the family is going through enough. Let the poor kid rest in peace and let’s pray that the other two boys will be okay. I do not know any of the people involved in the accident, and I still can’t believe how incredibly insensitive and inhumane some of you are being.

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you! People can be so mean…he was a young boy and now his parents are mourning the loss of a child. No parent should ever have to go through that!! RIP Frankie, and my daughter is praying for the recovery of 2 fellow students.

    2. DanTe says:

      People like YOU are disgusting. Always going for the lovey dovey puke. Never mind that this bum who has consistently proven he can’t drive will kill someone someday. Hopefully, something like this one will run over your kids and than we’ll see your “sympathy”.

  11. Nick says:

    One good thing: the imbecile killed itself before it has chance to kill a human being. Now please say there’s more good news in that it’s their only spawn. Or is the infestation going to continue?

  12. loving Friend says:

    the car was a christmas gift and Frankie was a great kid that was loved by everyone. as for the other 2 boys everyone is hoping for the best and everyone is mourning the lost of Frankie. Dan and Joe we are waiting 4 you guys to come back.

  13. Vin says:

    I read somewhere else that the car was supposedly a Christmas gift and was just registered. So let me see if I have this correct: he (RIP) already had two bust ups with a car before this, he gets rewarded with a BMW and proceeds to drive WITHOUT a seatbelt and injure three other people – 2 seriously – and endanger the lives of people on and off the road? I hope his family and friends are reading this because they now have to have this hanging over their heads.

    1. Jere says:

      Exactly. Hard to believe this.

    2. bla says:

      your an ass

  14. Roy says:

    very sad story,but what idiot parents give a 17 year old novice driver a high performmance bmw,and expect him to drive responcibly?

    1. Gus says:

      has nothing to do with it being high performance. any car can reach lethal speeds within seconds. point is he probably shouldn’t have been given a car, period, already having been in 2 accidents.

  15. innerlite says:

    you’re a douchbad with a small but useless mind.

    1. Nick says:

      Ah… the sound of trash rustling in the slime.

  16. Richard T. says:

    I was young and stupid once, but my parents ALWAYS kept me in check. Given the fact that this kid was in 2 earlier accidents, why did his parnets allow him to continue to drive? When you’re young, you tjhink that no harm can ever come to you; the parents should have showed some intelligence and have NOT let him drive. They will now have to live with this for the rest of their lives. Too bad and fortunately, the innocent people in the car that got broadsided are OK.

  17. miker says:

    The parents killed this boy. They are responsible for providing the vehicle and the lock of judgment on their part. They are responsible for not properly gauging their son’s driving skills. I have 2 driving teenagers, who been trained by me for several years before I gave them a key to the car. Parents should be prosecuted in this case. First property damage was enough warning that something is wrong with their son’s driving. Now he is dead.

  18. T. Nager says:

    It’s hard to text and drive. duh.

  19. Steven B. says:

    It’s a BMW!!! They are fast cars and 17 year old kids should not be driving them!!!

  20. Pocahontas says:

    Most LI-ers are transplanted NYC folk(or their parents, grandparents were) so… in the words of Archie Bunker: You are a MEATHEAD! Lol!

  21. Vin says:

    What the he!! is a 17 year old doing driving around in a BMW after he already caused damage driving before? You know what?! The ultimate damage has been done more than any parent could ever NOT hope for. RIP kid. And the rest of you – DON’T GIVE A TEENAGER THE KEYS TO YOUR LUXUBY CAR!!!!! Or any car for that matter until they’ve logged enough hours maybe even years! driving supervised. There needs to be a law in place and soon before any more lives are lost needlessly. 17 is not old enough to drive – PERIOD!!!!

    1. n says:

      it doesnt matter how OLD you are…
      ADULTS who have been driving for years STILL get into accidents
      dont blame this on age or his parents.. accidents happen -PERIOD!!!!

      rip frankie❤

  22. Chris says:

    17 or 18, the parents gave them the keys to the car. Maybe they are responsible kids who were just in an accident or maybe not. The end though is just tragic.

  23. df says:

    it doesn’t matter where the were going. Teenagers should not be driving.

  24. Chris says:

    Maybe they just finished wrestling practice, yearbook, or just going to or from the library. Who cares?

  25. The Good Samaritan says:

    I know it doesn’t Marie.

    Doesn’t school finish by 3pm?

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

  26. marie says:

    Maybe coming from school, maybe just hanging out it was 5:30 pm that’s late afternoon and it doesn’t say who was at fault.

  27. The Good Samaritan says:

    Where were the cars going at 530pm?
    The Good Samaritan has spoken?

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