Teen Killed in Beach Channel Crash
By Howard Schwach
A 17-year-old Rockaway teen was killed and his friend was hospitalized last Tuesday night when the new automobile that he was driving slammed into a pole on Beach Channel Drive nearby Beach 129 Street.
Ryan Rudden, of 232 Beach 125 Street, who was driving the automobile, was reportedly ejected from the vehicle on impact and was declared dead at the scene.
Eyewitnesses told The Wave that the car struck the pole and rolled over into the driveway of a nearby home, striking the car parked in the driveway.
"The parked car hit the house with such force that an air conditioner in the window of the house popped out," the eyewitness, who asked not to be identified, said.
The car’s passenger, 18-year-old Shane Walsh, remained on the car and was transported to Jamaica Hospital by EMS ambulance. A Hospital spokesperson told The Wave on Thursday morning that Walsh remained at the hospital in "satisfactory" condition.
While published reports have indicated that Rudden was drag racing in his 2002 Nissan, police sources say there is no indication that either high speed or racing were the cause of the accident.
According to Police Officer Melendez, a spokesperson for the New York City Police Department, the department’s Accident Investigation Division is conducting an active investigation into why the accident occurred. Indications are that it would take several weeks to complete that investigation.