Joseph Beer

Joseph Beer is escorted to the courtroom for opening statements in his trial on May 8, 2014. (Credit: Michael Balsamo)

Joseph Beer Gets 5 To 15 Years For Long Island Wreck That Killed 4 Friends

A judge has denied youthful offender status for 19-year-old Joseph Beer,who was 17 at the time of the crash.

08/26/2014

Joseph Beer is escorted to the courtroom for opening statements in his trial on May 8, 2014. (Credit: Michael Balsamo)

NYC Teen Joseph Beer Pleads Guilty In Long Island Crash That Killed 4 Friends

A New York City teenager has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in connection with a high-speed Long Island crash that killed his four friends.

07/29/2014

Joseph Beer is escorted to the courtroom for opening statements in his trial on May 8, 2014. (Credit: Michael Balsamo)

Joseph Beer Found Guilty Of Manslaughter In Fatal Southern State Parkway Crash That Killed 4 Teens

Prosecutors said Joseph Beer, 19, was high and impaired after smoking $20 worth of marijuana and then driving more than 100 mph before crashing off the Southern State Parkway, killing his four teenage passengers.

06/06/2014

Joseph Beer is escorted to the courtroom for opening statements in his trial on May 8, 2014. (Credit: Michael Balsamo)

Closing Arguments Under Way In Trial For Teen Accused In Fatal Southern State Parkway Crash

Closing arguments are expected in the Long Island trial of a Queens man accused of driving high and speeding in a 2012 crash that killed four of his friends.

06/02/2014

Joseph Beer

Controversial ‘Pot Defense’ Rocks Long Island Impaired Driving Case

A bombshell defense rocked a Long Island courtroom on Thursday. The lawyers defending a teenaged driver in a deadly car crash claimed even though he was high on marijuana, that’s not what caused the accident.

05/29/2014

Joseph Beer is escorted to the courtroom for opening statements in his trial on May 8, 2014. (Credit: Michael Balsamo)

Prosecutor: Queens Teen High, Speeding In Fatal Southern State Parkway Crash

A Queens teenager was high on marijuana and speeding when he slammed into a tree, splitting his new car in two and killing four of his friends, a defense attorney conceded Thursday, but he insisted pot was not the reason for the crash.

05/08/2014

Joseph Beer at the Nassau County courthouse in Mineola, April 29, 2014. He's facing aggravated vehicular homicide charges for an Oct. 2012 fatal collision in which four of his friends were killed. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Trial Set To Begin For LI Teen Accused Of Killing 4 Friends In Violent Southern State Parkway Crash

According to prosecutors, 19-year old Joseph Beer is accused of driving high on marijuana while going at least 110 mph on the Southern State Parkway before losing control and crashing into trees near Exit 17 on October 8, 2012.

04/30/2014

Joseph Beer (credit: CBS 2)

L.I. Teen Makes Bail In Crash That Killed Four Of His Friends

Joseph Beer, 17, is accused of being high on marijuana and speeding when he crashed his brand new car into trees along the Southern State Parkway on October 8.

01/18/2013

Joseph Beer (credit: CBS 2)

Teen Charged With Vehicular Homicide In Southern State Crash That Killed 4 Friends

Joseph Beer, 17, was handcuffed and escorted to court six weeks after surrendering to police after crashing his car on Long Island’s Southern State Parkway. He is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

11/16/2012

The scene of a deadly crash in Malverne, NY on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 (credit: Kathryn Brown/CBS 2)

Nassau DA Calls For ‘More Robust Driver Training’ Following Fatal Southern State Parkway Crash

The goal, Rice said, is to prevent another fatal incident from happening through enhanced driver education.

10/14/2012

Darian Ramnarine's grandmother mourns his death. (credit: CBS 2 |inset: Handout)

EXCLUSIVE: Victim’s Grandmother Speaks Out After L.I. Parkway Tragedy

The family of Darian Ramnarine is inconsolable, saying they will never be able to give their loving 18-year-old son a proper religious goodbye because his casket has to be closed.

10/10/2012

The scene of a deadly crash in Malverne, NY on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 (credit: Kathryn Brown/CBS 2)

Driver Of Car That Crashed, Killing Four On Southern State Parkway, Out Of Hospital

Joseph Beer was behind the wheel when his car slammed into trees in Malverne. Darian Ramnarine, Christopher Khan, Neal Rajaba and Peter Anthony died instantly.

10/10/2012

The scene of a deadly crash in Malverne, NY on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 (credit: Kathryn Brown/CBS 2)

Sources: L.I. Parkway Crash Survivor Told Police He & Friends Smoked Marijuana Before Deadly Accident

Grief counselors were on hand Tuesday at Richmond Hill High School in Queens where two of the teens, Darian Ramnarine and Christopher Khan, were recent graduates.

10/09/2012

The scene of a deadly crash in Malverne, NY on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 (credit: Kathryn Brown/CBS 2)

Police: 4 Killed, Driver Hurt In Violent Southern State Parkway Wreck

Four people were killed in a single car crash Monday on Long Island when their car split in half after it veered off the road and slammed into some trees, New York State Police said.

10/08/2012