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NYPD: Speed, rain may have been factors in crash

By WKTV News

NEW YORK (AP) - Police investigators are looking at speed and rain as possible factors in the deadly crash of a car into a Queens creek that left four young people dead.
Police said on Sunday that the driver tried to make a quick U-turn on a dead-end street in the borough's Astoria neighborhood. Instead, authorities say the 2009 Honda Accord slipped on the wet road and tumbled into Steinway Creek late Friday evening.
The driver was the only one to escape the submerged car, and called 911.
He and the four passengers who died were returning from a birthday celebration for 19-year-old Crystal Gravely.
They all lived in Queens' East Elmhurst, where families were preparing Sunday for funerals.

Authorities did not release the name of the 20-year-old driver, who suffered minor injuries. 

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