New York State Police Determine What Killed Upstate New York Teen
Police investigated after an Upstate New York teen was involved in a fatal crash in the upper Hudson Valley.
New York State Police from Troop F confirmed an Upstate New York teen was killed in a one-car crash.
State Police investigating a one-car fatal crash in Germantown
On Thursday, April 6, 2023, at around 10:17 p.m., New York State Police were called to State Route 9G in the town of Germantown for a report of a one-car fatal accident.
A preliminary investigation determined that the driver and sole occupant, 18-year-old Raphael B. McDonald of Athens, New York, was driving northbound on State Route 9G when he slid off the road and crashed into a utility pole, police say.
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McDonald was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
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Police believe McDonald was speeding and couldn't navigate a turn.
"During the investigation, it was determined that McDonald was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a curve in the road," New York State Police stated in a press release.
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The investigation is ongoing.