Teen charged with felonies after 4 die in NY crash

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Associated Press

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 9:04 PM

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York teenager has been arrested on felony charges in the death of four of his friends in a Long Island car crash.

Seventeen-year-old Joseph Beer of Queens pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from the crash last month on the Southern State Parkway. Bail was set at $2 million.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said multiple felonies were brought after Beer tested positive for marijuana. Aggravated vehicular homicide and second-degree manslaughter were among charges that could bring up to 25 years in prison with a conviction.

Rice said Beer was driving more than 110 miles an hour at 3:35 a.m. on Oct. 8 when he lost control of his car, crashing into trees in West Hempstead.

His lawyer, Todd Greenburg, said Beer will fight the charges.

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