Fatal NJ crash spotlights young drivers law

August 23, 2011 - 1:50 AM
APTOPIX Football Players Crash

A mourner wearing the #34 Mainland Football jersey of Edgar Bozzi hugs a Mainland Regional High School student during a memorial vigil for four members of the school's football team, including Bozzi, who were killed Saturday in a crash on the Garden State Parkway, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 in Linwood, N.J. (AP Photo/Sean Fitzgerald)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey law barring drivers under 18 from having more than one passenger is in the spotlight after an SUV driven by a 17-year-old and carrying seven teenagers crashed. The driver and three passengers died in Saturday's accident.

The Motor Vehicle Commission says Casey Brenner had a restricted license that allowed him to carry only one passenger unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. All eight in the SUV were members of the high school football team in Linwood.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski wants to see if there are "gaps or problems" with the Graduated Driver's License law, which aims to limit distractions for new drivers.

Mainland Regional High School's football coach says a crash survivor told him the accident was triggered when the driver came upon abruptly stopped cars.