NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A 16-year-old boy is facing adult charges after being accused in a deadly car crash that killed a 13-year-old girl.

Police said Eric Hakimisefat was going twice the speed limit when he lost control of his car and slammed into a telephone pole, a parked car and the porch of a Brooklyn home.

On Sunday, Sarah Erdan was riding with her 16-year-old brother and Hakimisefat down East 23rd street when the accident occurred. Erdan, who was in the backseat, was killed, CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported.

Hakimisefat and the other teen walked away with minor injuries.

Homeowner Shani Ostrovitisky spoke with Dennis and described the accident.

“We heard a loud boom, then a loud bang and my whole house shook,” Ostrovitisky said, “the driver jumped right out of the window, and he starts telling me ‘I tried to stop, I tried to stop.'”

Erdan was remembered by family and friends as a bright and special girl at her Midwood home Monday. She skipped a grade to start high school this year.

Hakimisefat has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, driving without a license and speeding. Dennis reported the teen only had a provisional permit that allowed him to drive only with an adult and only with one young passenger.

“He should not have been behind the wheel, I don’t know how he got a car, but he should definitely not have had a car, or access to a car,” Ostrovitisky said.

The funeral for Erdan, who is Jewish Orthodox, was held Monday.

Bail was set at $10,000 for Hakimisefat and he is due back in court in December. .

Comments (19)
  1. John Howieson says:

    I am from Ottawa Canada, and was driving an 18 wheel truck when I heard about this tragedy. As I drive for a living, I see much of what happens, and constantly, cases of near needless tragedies. And while states and provinces spend needless time and money creating laws and new forms of punishment for things such as cell phone use, most serious accidents involve speed, carelessness, or a combination of both. I suspect this case was carelessness as a result of inexperience.

    In any case, my heart goes out to the Erdan family for their loss. As for Eric Hakimisefat, I’m sure he’ll serve justice in a way deemed fair by the court. He’ll have this on his mind for the rest of is life. What a way to learn. I am sure that community service and a meaningful apology to the Erdans will help in some measure. And remember, that time while slow, is the best healer.

    Take care.

  2. limor says:

    You people have a nerve to judge. A young girls life was taken away for reasons we do not know. The facts arent there. Most of you know that the police and news dont always give the right straight to the truth story so how dare you judge an innocent 16yr old kid who was being a nice guy by giving those kids a ride. He will be in his own jail by carring this for the rest of his life. Erics life hasnt even begun and to take it away is a tragdy. Eric does not deserve to go to prision. He is a good kid. Eric is friends with my brother and the poor kid doesnt go past 30 in a 35 zone driving with caution. It was raiiny that day roads were slippery no one knows the real story except for those two boys so until you hear it from them keep your dirty comments to yourselves.Eric may god be with you and we will pray for you. That poor innocent girl Sarah did not derserve die. Unfortuantly there is one judge he decides with out us understanding why. That does not justify for the family and there terrrible loss. No parent should have to go through the pain and misery of burring a child.I am sorry for your loss and may sarah be in peace. May our hearts and strength be with you and your family.

  3. Eli says:

    Was the Driver also an Orthodox Jew?

  4. Brenda says:

    May her family and the court system have compassion and mercy on this young man for his grievous lack of judgment resulting in this tragic mistake. One look at hisface is all it takes to realize that he will never forgive himself or forget what he’s done.

  5. moeshere says:

    Well no matter how it all turns out there is a life lost….
    Showing off is all this is and it got someone killed…always does and always will..

  6. Bob says:

    This is just sad all around. 🙁

  7. Yehuda says:

    Sarah lives around the corner from me I no her family she will b greatly missed by everyone this is a big tradigity

  8. Toni says:

    It does not matter what religion, or who is a fault. You are all missing the point. A child is gone and I am sure God is crying in Heaven over that. He does not see religion or fault. A life is a life. And the poor child who was driving is suffering also I am sure. He obviously knew the girl and he will live for the rest of his life knowing he killed her. People think……………..My prayers go out to all the families involved.

    1. moeshere says:

      very true good commment

  9. Truth & Beauty says:

    This unfortunate incident is due to a combination of factors: the driver’s inexperience along with his lack of legally required supervision, as well as his parents’ making a vehicle available to him.

    This will have farreaching repurcussions for all concerned, but we can hope valuable lessons will be learned by all concerned which will help to prevent this type of misfortune in the future.

    My condolences to the Erdan family.

  10. Ellis Blevins says:

    I think that one reason that the fact that Sara’s religion was brought up, is that many people believe that Jews aren’t going to Heaven.
    I agree with Maya. Her religion had nothing to do do with the fact that she was killed by an idiot.
    Te sad part is that she dies so young.
    She will never be able to get married see her children grow up.
    She will never be able to see her grand children.
    She will never be able to grow up and re-live the happy memories of her
    I pray that God will have mercy on her soul.

  11. Maya Nays says:

    Why did they write that Sarah Erdan is Jewish Orthodox? What does that have to do with anything?

  12. Pat says:

    Chloe Erdan: how can you say it’s not anyone’s fault?? It’s the fault of the driver. Speeding, driving without a license, driving out of the bounds of his permit, ignoring the law.

    He ignored New York law but how many orthodox laws did he ignore this way? None? This is what can happen when you put religious law above common law. Common law is there for a reason, to protect us all.

  13. good friend says:

    hi im one of saras close friends she was a very sweet girl and will me missed

  14. lisa says:

    sara you were an aamazing friend i cnt belive this happened im goin to miss you so much :(lisa

  15. Chloe Erdan says:

    Please, i am Sarah and Josephs close cousin. Its not Their fault, nor their parents.
    Do not blame anyone nor point fingers, I was not able to attend teh funeral that is taking place today, but my hears are with the grieving fmaily and frienss.

    i have been crying all day from the moment i found out, nor do i thin i will stop cryinf. she was such a sweet a caring girl. always made me smile and always had a smile on her face.

    Sarah, you will foever be missed and you will always be loved.

  16. valerie says:

    why is a 16 year old driving w/o an adult with two other teens in the car? Bad judgement on the parents’ part as well.

  17. tea says:

    girl must not have been wearing her seat belt

    1. John Brown says:

      oh yeah, definatly her fault. not the a-hole driving twice the speed limit through neighborhood streets, hang em high!

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