Krista McNallyJun 12, 2018, 2:12 pmJun 12, 2018, 6:16 pm

Vigil held for victims of Meadowbrook crash, driver faces charges

Suspect’s lawyer says lost control driving 60-80 MPG, wasn’t under the influence of drugs, alcohol

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UNIONDALE – Friends and family paid tribute to the victims of a deadly accident that occurred on the Meadowbrook Parkway through a vigil on Monday. Individuals released balloons into the air and lit candles.

The driver was a 15-year-old girl. She faces three counts of manslaughter, was the mother of the infant who was in the car, and lost her brother in the crash. Her lawyer, James Toner, said she was driving between 60-80 miles an hour when she lost control but was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Prosecutors said no one in the car was licensed to drive.

The three victims are 16-year-old Herbert Leo Aviles Maravilla, 15-year-old Marlon Carabajal, and 13-year-old David Sanchez.

Antonio Williams could not hold back the tears when thinking of losing one of his closest friends, Carabajal.

"He was a really good friend to me, it’s sad [he got taken] away, it’s just heartbreaking," Williams said. "I didn't believe it until I saw the news and then I realized he's gone. There’s nothing you can do anymore."

Toner said the driver didn’t have the experience needed to probably operate the vehicle.

"She’s just like any other teenager; she certainly did not have a lot of experience to be operating a car at that rate of speed,” Toner said.

The car involved in the crash was reported stolen from Carabajal’s driveway the day before. A friend of Carabajal’s said that the group was heading to Jones Beach.

Meanwhile, Superintendent William K. Lloyd said they have had grief counselors to help the students coping with the loss.

"We had councilors, psychologists, social workers available," Lloyd said.

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