1 teen dead, another critical after Deerpark crash

An Orange County teen is dead and another is in critical condition after a head-on crash in Deerpark last night.

Police say Christian Thomas, 16, of Westtown, was heading west on Greenville Turnpike in a Honda Accord sedan when he attempted to pass a vehicle. That's when Thomas crashed head-on into an oncoming Chevrolet SUV, investigators say.

Thomas' passenger, 17-year-old Daniel Garcia, of Port Jervis, died at the scene, according to police. Thomas is currently in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center.

Officials say they believe speed and driver inexperience resulted in the crash, but say the investigation is ongoing.

Police say the Chevy's driver, a 58-year-old woman from Westtown, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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