Trial begins for Joseph Beer, accused of driving high, killing 4

Police say Beer was driving high and speeding when he crashed on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview. (5/8/14)

LAKEVIEW - Opening statements were heard Thursday in the trial of a teen accused of driving high on drugs and killing four friends.

Joseph  Beer, of Queens, is accused of driving high on marijuana and speeding with a learner’s permit when he crashed on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview in 2012.

As News 12 has reported, the car split in half, killing four of his friends.

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Beer faces 25 years to life in prison, if convicted.

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