SUFFERN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An off-duty New York City police officer was killed after driving south on the northbound lanes of the New York State Thruway on Tuesday, officials said.
Richard Christopher, 32, of Suffern, was behind the wheel of a pickup truck when he drove the wrong way around 7 a.m. between exits 14B and 15 in Suffern and crashed into a sport utility vehicle driven by James DeVito, according to New York State Police.READ MORE: Anti-Violence Advocates Rally In Harlem Following Death Of 10-Year-Old Boy On Saturday
DeVito, 59, of Airmont, was also killed. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene, police Capt. Richard Mazzone said.
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There were no passengers in either vehicle.
“Our condolences go out to both the families of the deceased,” Mazzone said.