Store Clerk, Hosts Charged Following Commack Student's Death

7-Eleven employee and two Dix Hills residents charged with violating alcohol laws related to accident that killed Taylor Ann Cavaliere.

A Commack convenience store clerk and a Dix Hills couple face criminal charges related to the death of 16-year-old Taylor Cavaliere, a Commack student who was on the Northern State Parkway after she left a party where alcohol was served, State Police said Wednesday.

Mohammad Ellahi, 54, of Bay Shore, a clerk at a 7-Eleven store on Jericho Turnpike, was charged with prohibited sale of alcohol and unlawful dealing with a child, police said.

Ellahi reportedly sold the alcohol to minors who brought it to the party in Dix Hills, where it was consumed by minors, police said.

, a junior at Commack High School who had attended the party, was killed after she was struck by a car after she left the party and walked onto the Northern State Parkway near Exit 42.

Robert and Lorri Gelb, of Dix Hills, were charged with violating Suffolk County’s Social Host Law after they allowed the consumption of the alcoholic beverages at their home by minors without attempting to stop it, police said.

Ellahi and Mr. and Mrs. Gelb were issued summonses to appear at First District Court on November 10.

CommackMom September 22, 2011 at 03:59 AM
I'm glad to see this. While it won't bring back a young life that has been tragically lost, these adults need to be held accountable. I hope this serves as a message to any parents who think that it's okay for their kids (and friends) to drink - as long as it's 'under my roof'. Many parents rationalize their underage kids are going to drink anyway and therefore they would rather they drink at home. It's a foolish, and as we know, sometimes a fatal mistake.
AstiGirl September 22, 2011 at 04:04 AM
I'm glad this was followed up on. Too many of the underage kids in our town are being sold stuff they shouldn't. Its a shame that those parents let the kids drink in their home but they would have found someplace else to consume it - like the MANY wooded areas/sumps around here that are very easy to hide in. Just my opinion.
AstiGirl September 22, 2011 at 04:05 AM
I totally agree with you
M.... September 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Great job Suffolk County Police! Miss your pretty face Taylor....
mom4life September 22, 2011 at 12:17 PM
While I think it is important for parents not to allow parties and drinking at their home, it amazes me as too how many parents allow their children to attend parties at other kids homes, when they know there will be drinking. DO NOT ENABLE YOUR KIDS DRINKING. Kids today are extremely aware of the laws, and they too should be held accountable for their own actions, if they bring alcohol to a party, they are underage, it is illegal, they should be punished as well.
suzi September 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM
David Klopman September 22, 2011 at 01:00 PM
I knew there was more to this story than a young girl walking alone near the highway. I always tell my sons, sometimes you dont get to make a mistake and make up for it. The people if they are guilty, deserve to be punished. They should publish this in Newsday and other papers to get people to see how allowing teenagers to drink can cause death.
David Klopman September 22, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Suzi If she was at someones house and they allowed her to drink as they allowed other underage children to drink they should be charged. So should the person who sold the teenagers the alcohol. You cannot seriously say , "parents in our community break them up as soon as they detect alcohol is present." That is misrepresenting the truth. You cannot possibly speak for every situation where alcohol is being consumed by teenagers. You werent there and you arent there at every party. Speak for yourself, dont speak for what others may have done. An investigation obviously turned up what occurred and thats why the three people were charged.
Andrea September 22, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Suzi, her death was ruled an accident so get your facts straight. And instead of trying to ruin what's left of Taylor why don't you keep your thoughts to yourself and let the people who actually care about Taylor do the talking because you obviously don't know what you are talking about.
M.... September 22, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Glad to see her comments were removed...thank you Commack Patch!
AstiGirl September 22, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Andrea - her death may have been ruled an accident, but it was one that probably would not have happened if alcohol was not involved (which was found in her system). No one wants to tarnish her memory and I'm sure most of the community was very saddened by what happened to her. Losing a friend is a horrible thing that no teen should ever have to experience. Hopefully as her friends you could learn from her tragedy and honor her memory by making better choices.
Andrea September 22, 2011 at 02:40 PM
I am her sister so I know more than anyone out there. I'm tired of people destroying taylors name. I've stayed quiet for 5 months and let everyone talk. I'm not staying quiet anymore.
Debbie September 22, 2011 at 02:42 PM
SUZI How do you comment about something you obviously no nothing about? The toxicology report came back and there were NO DRUGS despite what you and others may think. The death certificate clearly states it was an "ACCIDENT". There is a place to check for suicide, however that was not checked by the coroner's office. Do you feel that talking about drugs and suicide insulates you and your family from a tragedy that could have happened to any one of our children? Do people need to see copies of these documents to stop the gossip? Underage drinking caused a beautiful, smart girl to make a terrible choice. Many of us and our children have made terrible decisions in our lives, yet we were "lucky: This is a child that was not lucky. This incredible, loving family and friends who adored this 16 year old girl, are forever changed. A piece of all of us were lost that rainy night.
M.... September 22, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Andrea...Taylor spent many a days with my daughter as a Cougarette and many days with my son...I loved your sister - she was a beautiful young lady and so full of life...please don't let people upset you as they don't know Taylor,.... Rest easy Taylor - I told you you would make first string!!!!!
AstiGirl September 22, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Andrea - how horrible that you lost your sister. I am so sorry. I don't think anyone is blaming Taylor but more the parents at the party and the person who sold the alcohol. Her death caught so much attention and you will get many different opinions but I think we all agree that it did not have to happen.
Mary Rayfield September 22, 2011 at 10:28 PM
I am so sorry that this beautiful young lady lost her life. I am glad that the store clerk and the two dix hills residents will be held accountable for breaking the law. It is about time. The drinking age is 21. I hope these arrests serve as a wake up call to the rest of the adults, who allow underage drinking in their homes. I didn't know Taylor, and can't imagine what her family has been through. RIP Taylor
Love Long Island September 23, 2011 at 03:56 AM
This won't change anything. The "cool" parents will continue to be "cool".
David Klopman September 23, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Love? Are you insinuating that the "cool" parents are the ones who allow teenagers to drink at their homes?
CommackParent September 23, 2011 at 01:36 PM
This is for some an end to this story, for Taylor's family hopefully it will help the grieving process. This is a tragic accident that could have been avoided. It is illegal to consume or serve alcohol to those under the age of 21. Children will test their boundaries, it is up to the adults to ensure their safety. I do not believe for one minute that the people who "hosted" this party should not be held accountable. I have hosted more parties then I can count at my home. No one bought liquor to my home, no one got intoxicated. I supervise these gatherings and ensure the safety of children who come to my home. I've checked bags and backpacks, that's what you have to do. If you can't be responsible, don't host the party! Children both need and want boundaries it is what keeps them safe and helps them to become successful adults. Wake up people, don't allow illegal activities in your home!! Rest in Peace Taylor!
We Heart Long Island September 23, 2011 at 02:14 PM
No. They THINK they are "cool" and the kids THINK they are "cool". I have had plenty of parents tell me they allow drinking in their home and I have seen plenty of photos on facebook to confirm it. Most people are clueless and don't care until someone gets hurt or killed. How many underage drinking parties will occur this weekend in houses with the parents home? A lot. Not in my house.
mom4life September 23, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Parents who are so proud of themselves for not allowing alcohol parties at their homes have no problem sending their kids to parties elsewhere. They either are clueless or knowingly allow them to attend parties; as long as they aren't responsible. This is where the real problem lies. Parents dont parent their kids
lori cappozzola September 23, 2011 at 06:45 PM
to all parents ,we are all to blame for the death of this child,why because we are to busy worrying about keeping up with the jones and have no clue what our kids are doing. the one parent was right i have seen on many kids face books under age drinking with the pictures proudly up. what happened to checking up on our kids like our parents did,what happened to check if there would be an adult at the party ,what happened to knowing the other parent,we all grew up this way. but we let our children do what they wish,iam truly sorry for this girl and her family i cryed for days after and didnt know her at all but felt partly to blame, do to the fact that no one cares any more if its not our child.as kids we were told on by other adult when they seen we were doing wrong,i think any parent that plays god with some one else child should be accounted for. wake up parents know who your kids are hanging out with, were they are and home at normal time,if not get off your ass and find them. to taylors family iam truly sorry for such a lose, you are in my prays and i know she is looking down on her sister and very proud of her, but dont let it stop here do some thing to help other young kids under stand.
John Gruber September 24, 2011 at 06:04 AM
I'd just like to point out I know the man who allegedly sold the alcohol and I do know he does ID and in fact did, only a fake ID was used. As tragic as the situation is he should not be held accountable for the fact someone handed him a phony ID
jane October 02, 2011 at 03:48 AM
I graduated from Northport in 1977. You don't think this was going on 34 years ago? Don't think this doesn't happen everyday in America. There's no more parenting going on. Sad, very sad!!
jane October 02, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Do your people refer to you as MM or M Squared?


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