State Police are still investigating the Saturday morning crash that killed four Mainland Regional High School football players.
Sgt. Julian Castellanos said Sunday that 17-year-old Casey Brenner, of Northfield, had been identified as the driver of the 2002 Ford Explorer the students were traveling in when it overturned in the southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway near exit 38A.
Brenner was killed in the crash along with three of his passengers, Edgar Bozzi, 16, of Somers Point, Nicholas Conner, 16, of Northfield, and Dean Khoury, 15, of Linwood.
Castellanos said Khoury and Bozzi were both ejected from the vehicle.
Four passengers were also injured in the single-car crash as the vehicle overturned. They are Kenneth Randall, 15, of Linwood, Kyle Beattie, 16, of Northfield, Jake Smith, 17, of Linwood, and Alex DeNafo, 16 , of Northfield. By Sunday evening all had been released from the hospital.
Castellanos said police are still investigating the cause of the accident, including what speed the vehicle was traveling and which passengers were wearing seat belts.
Castellanos said he did not have information on what sort of driver’s license Brenner had, but he said the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission website detailed what licenses drivers can have at age 17.
According to the website, drivers at age 17 can have a probationary license that comes with several conditions including:
- No driving after 11:01 p.m. and before 5 a.m.
- Parent(s), guardian(s) or dependent(s) are allowed as passengers. A dependent is a permit or probationary driver’s child, not siblings.
- Only one additional passenger is allowed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- You can’t use cellphones, handheld video games or any other hands-free interactive, wireless communication device.
- Seat belts must be worn at all times.
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