Nov 19, 2012 4:30 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Teen charged with felonies after 4 die in NY crash

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.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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