The New York State police responded to a single-car crash that killed Alexis Lewis, 20, of Chester and Holmes B. Shindon, 21, of Montgomery.
Both Shindon, the driver, and Lewis, the passenger, were trapped inside the vehicle, according to the police. Both occupants of the car were declared dead at the scene.
The accident happened at approximately 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, on Route 208 in the town of Hamptonburgh. Upon their arrival, troopers found a 2005 Dodge Neon off the roadway and against a tree on the eastern shoulder.
An investigation found that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, and that the passenger was wearing a seatbelt. Speed was a contributing factor to the crash, police said.
Blooming Grove EMS and Hamptonburgh Fire Department assisted at the scene.
This is an ongoing investigation.
Lewis's family has a Gofundme.com page to raise money for her funeral. The page says, "My sister's daughter, Alexis Lewis, was tragically killed in a car accident this morning. She was such a lovely young lady with her whole life ahead of her. Her mother, Cathy, my big sister, is at a loss right now. Heartbroken and devastated beyond belief. If anyone can help with anything it would be beyond appreciated and a blessing to my sister during this unimaginable time. No amount is to small. Please keep her in your prayers."