A 22-year-old Medford woman was killed when a vehicle she was riding in crashed head-on into two others in Yaphank on Saturday night.

Suffolk County police said Kaitlyn Dougherty was a passenger in a Nissan heading westbound on Horseblock Road when the driver, 23-year-old Christopher Torres of Nesconset, lost control of his vehicle and crossed into the eastbound lane near the corner of Yaphank Avenue at 7:28 p.m.

The Nissan hit two eastbound vehicles, a Ford van driven by William Paravella of Mastic and a Volkswagen driven by Daniel Dittmar of Center Moriches, both 31.

Dougherty was pronounced dead at the scene. Torres was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

Paravella, Dittmar and the passenger in the Volkswagen, 35-year-old Stephen Zanca of Yaphank, were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue where they are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Fifth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact them at 631-854-8552.



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