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Teen driver on Wantagh State Parkway loses control; car winds up partially in pond, police say

Wantagh firefighters inspect a car after its driver

Wantagh firefighters inspect a car after its driver skidded off Wantagh State Parkway on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, and hit a sign and a park bench before coming to rest partially in Wantagh Mill Pond. Credit: Jim Staubitser

A teenage driver on the Wantagh State Parkway escaped injury Wednesday when he lost control of his car and hit a sign and a park bench before coming to rest partially in Wantagh Mill Pond, police said.

The 17-year-old Massapequa man told State Police that he was cut off by another driver, prompting him to drive his Nissan Altima off the right shoulder at about 2:35 p.m. as he headed south near Merrick Road in Wantagh.

Trooper Frank Bandiero, a State Police spokesman, said the Nissan driver was not injured.

"He was lucky," Bandiero said.

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