A Dutchess County community is left stunned after a single car crash Thursday claimed the lives of two teenagers. Our Michael Howard has more.
PINE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A horrific crash in Dutchess County claimed the life of two teenagers and sent two others to the hospital.
The Dutchess County Sheriff's office says Dustin Hale, 16, was driving along Schultz Hill Road in Pine Plains when he lost control, left the road and crashed into trees before the car rolled over. Hale is now at Albany Med. with what deputies are calling life threatening injuries.
Deputies say Zachary Pruner, 16, was thrown from the car and was killed at the scene. Gian Paolo Stagnaro, 17, was also killed.
A third passenger, Niall Johnson, 16, was taken to St. Francis Hospital with non life threatening injuries.
The crash is still under investigation, but authorities believe speeding and reckless driving contributed to the crash.
You may remember Pruner from 2009 when he was involved in a hostage situation at Pine Plains High School. A former student held an administrator hostage there.
Pruner was in the guidance office when Christopher Craft came in looking for the principal. He hid under a desk and alerted police to the situation by showing SWAT officers a note reading "one man with a gun four people inside."
Pruner was later hailed as a hero for giving that information to authorities.