Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

MONTGOMERY – The State Police in Montgomery are investigating a two-car fatal crash that occurred Tuesday morning at approximately 8:32 a.m. on State Route 17K in the Town of Montgomery.

A Town of Crawford police officer attempted to stop a vehicle traveling east on State Route 17K for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law, according to authorities.

The suspect vehicle failed to comply with the traffic stop, added authorities, and fled from the officer into the Town of Montgomery.

The suspect vehicle appeared to lose control while rounding a curve in the roadway, entered into the westbound lane, and struck an oncoming vehicle.

Authorities said the operator of the suspect vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The operator of the westbound vehicle was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center with injuries to his neck and legs.

The Town of Crawford police officer was not involved in the collision.  The name of the deceased is being withheld pending family notification.

The investigation remains ongoing and the State Police are asking anyone with information to please contact the Montgomery barracks at 845-457-1388.

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