SUFFERN, N.Y. — Officials have identified an off-duty police officer involved in a chain reaction crash in a northern New York City suburb that left one student dead and another hurt.

According to the Journal News (http://lohud.us/2cuZren ), Ramapo (RAM’-uh-poh) police officials identified rookie Peekskill Police Officer Jonathan Mosquera as the driver who tried to pass another car late Wednesday on U.S. Route 202 in the Rockland County village of Suffern. They collided, sending his car careening into the students, who were waiting for a ride.

Seventeen-year-old Marcos Tawil, of Argentina, died at a hospital. Nineteen-year-old David Maldanado, of Monsey, New York, was hospitalized with serious injuries.

A funeral service was held Thursday at their Orthodox Jewish school.

Before joining the Peekskill force, Mosquera was a Newburgh officer from March 2015 to January 2016.


Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com