Two teens se­ri­ously in­jured in car crash

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

Speed ap­pears to have been a fac­tor in the Tues­day night ac­ci­dent, the Dutchess County Sher­iff's Of­fice says.

Two teenagers suf­fered life-threat­en­ing in­juries in a one-car crash on Feller New­mark Road, au­thor­i­ties said Wed­nes­day. The Dutchess County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said the crash hap­pened about 10 p.m. Tues­day, a quar­ter­mile east of U.S. Route 9, and that speed was a fac­tor. The Sher­iff’s Of­fice said Erik John­son, 17, of Red Hook, was driv­ing a 2004 Nis­san 350Z east when he lost con­trol while try­ing to pass an­other ve­hi­cle. The Nis­san left the road and struck a tree along the south­ern shoul­der, deputies said.

John­son and his pas­sen­ger, Liam O’Farrell, 18, also of Red Hook, both suf­fered life-threat­en­ing in­juries, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice said. John­son was flown to Al­bany Med­i­cal Cen­ter, and O’Farrell was taken by am­bu­lance to MidHud­son Re­gional Hos­pi­tal in Poughkeepsie. Both teens were wear­ing seat­belts, deputies said. They said it ap­pears the pri­mary fac­tor in the crash was driv­ing at an un­safe speed.

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