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16-year-old charged in connection with quadruple fatal Allegany County crash

Posted at 11:54 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 11:54:56-04

DANSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State police say a 16-year-old passenger and lone survivor in a quadruple fatal crash in Allegany County in July has been charged in connection with the crash.

The crash occurred around 4:30 a.m. on July 27th at the T-intersection of County Route 13C and County Route 13 in the Town of Burns, there were five people in the car.

The driver failed to stop at a stop sign and struck an embankment and a tree. 16-year-old Rebecca Earner (the driver), 16-year-old Ambra Eddleton, 14-year-old Justin Carpenter and 14-year-old Kyrstin Wolfanger were killed in the crash.

16-year-old Kelsi Bird was the only passenger wearing a seat belt and was the lone survivor, she now is now facing charges.

Police say the vehicle involved in the crash belonged to Bird's parents and was taken without the parent's consent.

Bird is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle without the owners consent and permitting unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

The teenagers in the vehicle were not allowed to be on the road at the time of the crash.

Police say data taken from the vehicle's computer shows the vehicle was traveling between 50 and 65 mph and the brakes were never applied.

Three of the four people killed were Dansville High School students, Bird is also a student.

Bird was issued appearance tickets for the charges.