Two New Jersey teenagers will never get to attend their senior prom or play another football game for their school. The two would-be high school seniors were killed in a recent auto accident. The young driver of the car received his driver's license just about a month before the crash.
The Ford Mustang was a birthday present, and the driver had only been driving it for less than a week. It was around 1:30 p.m. when one of the two deceased teens sent a text message to his girlfriend saying that he was riding in the car. He and the other boy who died were sitting in the backseat when the accident occurred.
Police in New Jersey's Morris County are attempting to ascertain how the accident occurred. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash by teens who were present at the crash site. The driver and the passenger in the front seat survived the crash. Sadly, however, the two teens in the back lost their lives.
Reportedly, the high school where the teens played football is mourning their loss alongside their families. Friends of the boys left messages and photographs at the scene as a memorial. The start of the school year could be a difficult one for anyone who knew the boys.
Their grief, however, may pale in comparison to what the families of these two teens must be going through. Even though it will not bring them back or change what happened, the families of the victims retain the right to file wrongful death claims in connection with this terrible auto accident. If it is proved that the negligence of the driver caused the deaths of the victims, the families may be able to file civil suits against the driver's guardians to seek damages such as burial and funeral costs, along with awards for pain and suffering.
Source: NBC New York, "2 New Jersey High School Football Players Killed in Convertible Crash", Jen Maxfield, July 30, 2014