Alcohol suspected in wrong-way crash that killed 2 on I-87


CHESTERTOWN (AP) — Two people were killed Friday night in a head-on crash involving a suspected drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 87 west of Lake George in upstate New York, state police said.

According to investigators, a 2017 Mini Countryman was heading northbound in the highway’s southbound lanes near Chestertown when it slammed into a southbound Volvo XC70 around 10:30 p.m.

The front seat passenger and rear passenger in the Volvo were declared deceased at the scene. State police identified them Sunday as Matthew Huff, 27, of Westfield, New Jersey and Kerry O’Reilly, 30, of Dorchester, Massachusetts.

The driver of the Mini Countryman, Dennis Ford, 65, of Saranac Lake, is facing charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, according to a public information report posted on the state police website.

Online court records did not list a lawyer who could speak on Ford’s behalf. A state police spokesperson told the Post-Star in Glens Falls that Ford remained in police custody at a hospital and has not been processed or arraigned.

Ford and the driver of the Volvo, Lauren Huff, 30, of Boston, and were airlifted to hospitals, state police said. Huff was listed in critical condition. Ford was listed in fair condition. The crash remains under investigation, state police said.

Chestertown is about 13 miles west of Lake George and about 16 miles northwest of the town of the same name.


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