07 January 2020

   NEW YORK STATE POLICE
    Major Philip T. Rougeux
     Troop D Commander

  
 
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE

Investigators have identified the driver as Kenneth J. Perez-Hernandez.  McKeown and Perez-Hernandez have been released from the hospital. 

The investigation is continuing.
 

State Police in Watertown is investigating a fatal one-car crash that occurred on County Route 18 in the town of LeRay, Jefferson County.
 
The preliminary investigation has revealed, at approximately 12:06 a.m., a 2007 Cadillac CTS was traveling south on County Route 18, when the operator lost control, went off the roadway and struck a tree.  When first responders arrived on the scene, they located a 17-year-old female passenger, later identified as Lexie M. Morgan and a 16-year-old male passenger, later identified as Gabriel M. Otero ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. 
 
A 19-male, identified as Kenneth J. Perez-Hernandez and 22-year-old female, identified as Christina McKeown were located inside the vehicle and were both transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse with non-life threatening injuries.
 
The investigation is continuing.

 
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