Police: Teen Driver in Deadly Wreck Did Not Have Valid License

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HANOVER TOWNSHIP -- The teenage driver involved in a deadly crash in Luzerne County could end up facing criminal charges.

The crash over the weekend killed a 16-year-old girl from Plymouth.

That deadly crash happened Saturday night in Hanover Township and police say the 17-year-old girl who was behind the wheel did not have a valid driver's license.

It was on South Main Street just outside Wilkes-Barre where Jasmine Cardona, 16, of Plymouth, lost her life

She was one of several teenagers in an SUV that smashed into a utility pole late Saturday night.

Hanover township police say a 17-year-old girl from Wilkes-Barre was behind the wheel and did not have a valid driver's license.

Cardona was thrown from the vehicle and later died at the hospital.

Other teenage girls in the vehicle needed medical treatment.

Two teenage boys were also in the car at the time of the crash. They left before rescue crews got here. However, police caught up with them days later and interviewed them, but police won't comment on what the boys told them.

Hanover Township police say there's no evidence at this point that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Officers say criminal charges may be filed once they are finished with their investigation.


  • Cheryl

    It is a sad situation no matter the circumstances. If I am not mistaken even if the girl had a valid license you can only drive with one minor non family member if under 18!

  • 2nd generation stupid

    Apparently her parents didn’t teach her right from wrong..and apparently her friend didn’t learn that either. Stupid Kids!!

  • Hal Bates

    I think these parents should also be held accountable for their kid’s actions. They don’t deserve to get off free

  • Judi

    A poor teenager is deadbecause of lack of parental guidance. Why were they out that late and who owned the car?????

    • easy there judge judy

      Because teenagers never try do things that their parents don’t know about. A poor teenager is dead because some of them made poor choices. They may have been enabled by their ‘lack of parental guidance’ (as you put it) but I doubt mom and dad said ‘Here you go sweetie – take the keys to our SUV. We know you don’t have a license but go have fun with your friends anyhow. Get a grip.

    • Cheryl

      Prayers to all involved even the driver, her life and mental stability will likely always me altered!
      They were all children and the lives they had will be changed forever!

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