Teen Dies After Staten Island Car Accident
Posted on Oct 28, 2009
A Staten Island car accident claimed the life of a star athlete from Moore Catholic School. The incident occurred at approximately 8:00 PM on Saturday night, October 24, 2009.
The accident took place on Father Capodanno Boulevard in Midland Beach, Staten Island, when Johnny Ray, 16, lost control of the 2004 Chevrolet truck he was driving. According to Moore football coach Greg Rocco, Ray’s vehicle hydroplaned after hitting a puddle of water on the road near Slater Boulevard and slammed into a utility pole.
According to police, Ray was pronounced dead at the scene.
An unidentified 16-year-old male friend was traveling with Ray when the incident took place. Emergency crews transported the teenager by EMS to SI University North Hospital. According to police, he is in stable condition.
Ray was a star athlete who played varsity football and baseball. “I don’t think I understood the word tragedy until I got the phone call from his mother at 12:30 last night,” Rocco said. “He was a tremendous kid.”
Ray did not have a valid driver’s license. His mother said that her son took the keys to the truck when the boy’s parents left him home with his friends and attended a nearby concert. “He took the truck and left. He’s never driven it, never,” She said.
The incident is still under investigation by local authorities.