On Thursday, November 9th a 19 year old Mahopac teen was standing in his driveway when he observed a vehicle speeding down his street. The driver of the vehicle later recalled driving some 20mph over the speed limit, approximately 50mph in a 30mph zone. Moments later the vehicle swerved, hit a utility pole, flipped, and became submerged in a Mahopac Woods Beach cove.
The teenage boy rushed to the scene of the crash and after calling 911 he proceeded to jump into the cove. He successfully retrieved the driver, a 17 year old female, and her 17 year old passenger.
In an article featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal Carmel’s Lt. John Dearman commented on the young man’s bravery, adding “he’s definitely a hero tonight.”
Teenage drivers are more likely to be seriously hurt or killed in a car crash than any other demographic. We applaud Mahopac’s 19 year old hero for his quick thinking and selflessness. For information about ‘Commit to Quit’, our free in school program designed to educate teenager drivers about the risks they face behind the wheel, click here.