KINGSTON — Authorities have yet to positively identify the two men who were killed in a fiery crash on New Boston Road two weeks ago.
Kingston Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. said police believe they know the names of the victims in the crash on July 29, but any positive identification must be made by the state medical examiner’s office.
According to Briggs, the identification process has been complicated because of the fire.
“Due to the intense fire that resulted from the crash, the victims could not be identified other than by DNA,” he said Tuesday.
Police are also still trying to determine which victim was driving the powerful 2019 Audi S4 when it veered off the road and wrapped around a tree bursting into flames as it split in half. The fire spread to a nearby garage, but damage was confined to the building’s exterior.
Briggs said authorities generally use drivers’ licenses and other information and speak with family members in fatalities when trying to confirm identities, but in this case the fire inside the vehicle made it more difficult.
“This is the longest period of time that it’s taken to identify victims in a motor vehicle crash that we have had happen in a number of years,” Briggs said.
Autopsies showed the two men were killed by the impact from the crash and not the fire, according to the state fire marshal’s office.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Briggs has said that speed was a factor.