Arrest in Accident that Killed Dix Hills Girl

A Dix Hills couple and a Bay Shore man charged with violating alcohol laws related to April's fatal crash.

The New York State Police arrested a Bay Shore man on Wednesday as a result of the accident that that killed 16-year-old Taylor Cavaliere of Dix Hills on April 17.

Mohammad Ellahi, 54, of Bay Shore is charged with prohibited sale of alcohol and unlawful dealing with a child. Ellahi, a clerk at a 7-Eleven store located on Jericho Turnpike in Commack was found to have sold alcoholic beverages to under age persons who then transported the alcohol to a school party taking place at a house close to the accident scene. The alcoholic beverages were then consumed by other under age persons attending the party, police said in a press release.

Cavaliere, a junior at Commack High School, who had attended the party,  after she left the house and walked onto the Northern State Parkway.

Robert and Lorri Gelb, of Dix Hills, were also charged with violating Suffolk County’s “Social Host Law” after they allowed the consumption of the alcoholic beverages at their home by underage persons without attempting to stop it, police said. Ellahi along with the Gelbs were issued appearance tickets directing them to appear at First District Court on Nov. 10 to answer the charges.

Tre September 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM
I understand trying to protect our young but blaming everyone for choices a seventeen year old made is not going to bring her back. When are we going to hold the child responsible. At seventeen a child is old enough to make the correct choices. It is extremely sad that this tragedy happened and I understand the clerk should be held responsible to a certain degree. But now they are even going after the parents whose house it is. Does anyone else think this world is falling apart because we do not allow our children to grow up and be responsible for their choices. People are often afraid to have playdates with young children for fear they will be sued if the child hurts themselves. It is insane. Parents teach your children the correct thing and stop blaming everyone else
Reverend JoAnn Barrett September 22, 2011 at 03:04 PM
I think that the pictures of Robert and Lorri Gelb, of Dix Hills, should have been posted as well. I think that parents should take Suffolk County’s “Social Host Law” more seriously. Yes, children should make better decisions but they are still very impressionable. They are watching all adults and want to be like the cool ones. Allowing the consumption of the alcoholic beverages in your home by underage persons without attempting to stop it is not cool or responsible. Children should not be allowed in these homes. By the way, studies have shown that if the onset of the consumption of alcohol is delayed until age 21, the probability of becoming a problem drinker is tremendously diminished. This only confirms the need for compliance to this law. This is not a playdate issue.
Amanda Lindner (Editor) September 22, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Photos of Lorri and Robert Gelb were not released by police.
itsmehellokitty... September 22, 2011 at 07:25 PM
While Tracy has VERY valid points, Reverend Barrett is right on the money. I too wish the Gelb's photos were released. To me, they are more to blame than that clerk. To allow underage drinking under their roof is not just poor judgement- it is criminal. If losing their house is the punishment- oh well! Should have thought of that before trying to be the "cool" parents. Parents: Stop trying to be your children's friends and be PARENTS...and learn to say "NO"!!!
homey the clown September 22, 2011 at 10:52 PM
I believe there are many to blame for this tragedy. How about arresting minors who try to purchase alcohol. I think the knife should cut both ways.
Greg Sleter September 23, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Hi. A previous reader's comment about the identity of the Gelb's was removed since Robert Gelb's place of employment has not be confirmed.


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