Friends gather near Steinway Creek at an accident site, Saturday April 5, 2014 in New York. A driver of a car drove off a dead-end street in a desolate industrial area, flipped over a wooden curb into the East River inlet killing four passengers. The driver escaped serious injury and told officers at the scene in the Astoria section of Queens that the four were trapped in the submerged car. Fire department divers pulled the four victims from the car. Police identified them as 21-year-old Darius Fletcher, 19-year-old Jada Monique Butts, 19-year-old Crystal Gravely and 20-year-old Jaleel Furtado. They were pronounced dead at hospitals. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Cops: Speed, rain may be factors in New York crash

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Investigators are looking at speed and rain as possible factors in the deadly crash of a car into a New York City creek that left four young people dead.

Police said Sunday that the driver tried to make a quick U-turn on a dead-end street in Queens. 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 and called 911.

He and the four passengers who died were returning from a birthday celebration Crystal Gravely. She was to turn 20 on Saturday.

They all lived in Queens' East Elmhurst neighborhood, where families were preparing Sunday for funerals.

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

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