Tragedy struck in Jericho on Wednesday night when a wrong-way driver, allegedly intoxicated, crashed his pickup truck into a car carrying four teenagers. Two of the 14-year-old boys, Drew Hassenbein and Ethan Falkowitz, lost their lives, while the other two were hospitalized with internal injuries. The incident has shocked and saddened the community, raising concerns about drunk driving and road safety.
Keep reading this article to learn more about this incident and how it happened.
Drew Hassenbein and Ethan Falkowitz Accident: How it Happened?
A tragic accident occurred in Jericho, resulting in the death of two teenage boys and injuries to two others. The incident was caused by an intoxicated driver who was reportedly driving on the wrong side of the road. The accident happened on North Broadway, and Amandeep Singh, 34, was driving a Dodge Ram southbound in the northbound lanes when he crashed into a sedan carrying the four teenagers. Two of the boys, Drew Hassenbein and Ethan Falkowitz, both 14, were killed instantly, while the other two were hospitalized with internal injuries. Hassenbein was a nationally ranked and highly talented tennis player, while Falkowitz was also a star player on the local high school varsity team. The four boys were reportedly returning home after celebrating their victory in a tennis competition.
Amandeep Singh, the driver of the pickup truck involved in the tragic accident in Jericho, is facing serious charges, including aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, DWI, and assault. According to prosecutors, Singh fled the scene of the accident and was later found hiding in a nearby parking lot, denying that he was driving the vehicle. However, Singh’s breathalyzer test showed a blood alcohol level of 0.18, which is twice the legal limit. At his arraignment, the judge ordered him to be remanded to custody. The devastating incident has left the community in deep sorrow and grief, particularly the families and friends of the two 14-year-old boys who lost their lives in the accident.
Tributes to Drew Hassenbein and Ethan Falkowitz
Level Up LI Wrote,
The Level Up program and family mourns the losses of 2 special kids, 8th graders Ethan Falkowitz and Drew Hassenbein. We are truly at a loss for words and our hearts and prayers are with the parents of both children, Gary, Lynne, Mitch, Jaime and their families.
Ethan was an easy going, happy kid that only saw the good in people and was liked by everyone he came in contact with. He was loving, caring, compassionate and did not have a bad bone in his body. He was the ultimate team player who was hard working and very skilled.
Drew was one of the fiercest competitors and someone that was so focused and motivated on achieving his goals. He was a kind soul that was admired and respected by everyone that came in contact with him.
Both boys were players on some of our earliest teams 5 years ago. They both had such bright futures and so much to look ahead to. May their memories be blessings to their families and friends.