Jason Trinca's racing number, 48, is displayed at a candlelight...

Jason Trinca's racing number, 48, is displayed at a candlelight vigil for the boy and his mother, Keri. The two were killed in a car crash on Saturday morning that left two other children in the family in the hospital. (Oct. 11, 2011) Credit: Steve Pfost

The deadly crash that killed Keri Trinca and her son Jason, 7, was beyond tragic ["A tearful wave farewell," News, Oct. 18]. I have noticed that many accidents involving casualties occur in vehicles 10 years or older, such as this Manorville woman's 1998 sedan.

That is not to say that there are no casualties in newer vehicles, but the newer safety standards, regulations and air-bag technology of today -- especially the side-impact air bags -- have saved many a life. Gone should be the days of the old "reliable" hand-me-down vehicles of our parents or grandparents. Understanding that many people or families may not be able to afford a new car, they should still do the research on crash tests and worthiness of their present vehicles. Our roads on Long Island have become more crowded and dangerous than ever, with larger and heavier vehicles sharing them.

It is unfortunate that we must learn from tragedies such as this, but it would be more tragic not to learn.

Elizabeth Zano, East Meadow