NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A teen driver accused in a deadly crash on the Meadowbrook State Parkway last month is set to appear in court on Wednesday.
Fifteen-year-old Cindy Sanchez is facing charges as a juvenile after authorities said the SUV she was driving crashed on the parkway on June 8. She has been charged with three counts of manslaughter and three counts of criminally negligent homicide.
Three teens, including Cindy Sanchezs 13-year-old brother, David Sanchez, died in the crash.
Also killed were 16-year-old Herbert Leo Aviles Maravilla and 15-year-old Marlon Carbajal, each of Uniondale. Police said six other teens, including the driver and the drivers infant son, were also injured in the crash.
Authorities say Cindy Sanchez was driving the SUV that was taken without permission from a friends father on a day the group planned to cut school for the beach when the vehicle crashed.
A judge ordered a psychiatric exam for Cindy Sanchez.
“Shes sad, shes remorseful, shes depressed,” defense attorney James Toner said. “Shes 15-years-old, lost her brother and lost friends.”
The sister of one of the victims, Gissell Carbajal, said her brother Marlon “had like a heart of gold.”
“When I got the call, I was at work and I was bawling that I didnt think he wouldve passed like that it was shocking,” she told CBS2.
One of the teens in the car told Carbajal it was a nightmare.
“He said he closed his eyes. When he opened his eyes and either my brother or his brother were there, I was like, I feel your pain I lost my brother too,'” she said.
Prosecutors say no one in the SUV was licensed.