NEW BALTIMORE, N.Y. – A head on accident in the town of New Baltimore on Thursday killed one person and sent two teenagers to the hospital.
Route 9W was closed between County Road 51 and the Thruway Exit 21B interchange in Greene County on Thursday due to the accident.
The Greene County Sheriff's office says the accident happened just after 3 p.m., when a vehicle operated by a 17-year-old male was traveling southbound on Route 9W. The driver, along with a 13-year-old passenger, veered to the left for an unknown reason and struck another vehicle.
The second vehicle was being driven by 59-year-old Kevin Scheridan of Clifton Park. Scheridan was pronounced dead at the scene by the Greene County Coroner.
Sheriff Greg Seeley tells News10 ABC he believes the 17-year-old fell asleep behind the wheel.
However, the teenager admitted to authorities to giving blood hours before getting behind the wheel. Police say he was heading home from school.
Scheridan's wife says her husband worked for the State Department of Corrections and was going to retire soon. She says he was driving home from work at the time of the crash.
The 17-year-old and 13-year-old were taken to Albany Medical Center by Coxsackie Ambulance.
Seeley says they believe drugs, alcohol or texting were not a factor.
"Right now it's still an active investigation," continues Lieutenant Karl Gonzalez, "and until it's completed we will know further. "
There is no word on the condition of the 17-year-old and the passenger.
The State Police are working with the Sheriff's Office with this investigation.
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