Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on State Route 17 Sunday night in the Town of Chester.

On Sunday, April 1, 2018, at approximately 9:37 p.m. Troopers responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash on State Route 17 in the Town of Chester.

An investigation revealed that an Ford F250 was entering State Route 17 eastbound from exit 126. The truck began to accelerate in the driving lane in an attempt to pass a vehicle in the passing lane.

As the truck began to move into the passing lane, it struck the rear of a Toyota Rav 4. The truck lost control and exited the right side of the roadway, rolling down an embankment.

The two occupants of the pickup were ejected.

The operator of the Pick-up, Steven Dauksza, 27, of Congers, NY was located by troopers, who immediately began to administer first aid. EMS arrived and pronounced Dauksza deceased at the scene.

The passenger, Michelle Rodriguez, 27, of Congers, NY was transported to Orange Regional Medical Center with chest and pelvis injuries. She is listed critical, but stable condition.

The investigation is ongoing.