updated 6/29/2007 4:05:19 PM ET 2007-06-29T20:05:19

A teenager who was at the wheel during a car crash that killed her and four other recent high school graduates had only a junior driver’s license, according to state records.

The license made it illegal for Bailey Goodman, 17, to be driving at the time the crash occurred in western New York or to be carrying so many young passengers.

Goodman had a Class DJ license, which places added restrictions on the privileges for New York drivers under 18, authorities told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Goodman and four other recent graduates of Fairport High School in suburban Rochester, all 17 or 18, died when the sport utility vehicle she was driving collided head-on with a tractor-trailer about 10 p.m.

Junior drivers cannot drive after 9 p.m. without a parent, guardian or someone performing parental duties, unless they’re going to work or school, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

They also cannot carry more than two passengers under 21 unless they’re members of the immediate family.

'Looks like human error'
A man who answered the phone Thursday night at the Goodman home said it was not possible to talk with her parents at this time.

Witnesses said Goodman was driving east when she passed a van by crossing into the westbound lane of the two-lane highway. She returned to the eastbound lane, but for some reason swerved back into oncoming traffic.

Ontario County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Gallagher said he was aware Goodman was a junior driver, and that will be considered in the investigation.

“At this point in time, it looks like human error,” Gallagher said. “The investigation is not finished, but we have been able to eliminate some factors.”

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