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Long Island prosecutors have charged the parents of a 17-year-old teen responsible for the high-speed car crash that killed four of his friends. 

Prosecutors say Aaditia and Patricia Beer of Queens allowed their son Joseph to drive their 2012 Subaru on October 8 even though he only had a learner's permit. 

Joseph Beer, who was in court Friday, was high on marijuana and going more than 110 mph on the Southern State Parkway when he lost control and crashed into the woods around 4:00 a.m.  

The Richmond Hills High School student was the only survivor while his passengers - Chris Khan, Peter Kanhai and Darian Ramnarine, all 18, and Neal Rajapa, 17 - were killed in the crash. All of the passengers were flung from the car. Joseph was taken to a hospital for minor injuries. 

Aaditia and Patricia Beer were charged with unlicensed operation of a vehicle and face up to 15 days in jail and a $300 fine. 

Joseph Beer faces 25 years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, four counts of manslaughter, driving under the influence, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

Supreme Court Justice David Ayres kept Beer handcuffed during his appearance and doubled the bail requested by prosecutors to $1 million cash or $2 million bond.

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