QUEENS, N.Y. (PIX11) – Two people were killed in an early morning crash on the Whitestone Expressway Thursday, police said.

Police said two Hondas were involved in a head-on collision around 2:15 a.m. A Honda Pilot was traveling the wrong way, heading northbound in the southbound lanes, when it struck a Honda HRV, according to authorities.

Police said Joseph Pulido, 25, in the Honda Pilot and Francisco Cureno, 45, in the Honda HRV were killed.

Two passengers in the Honda Pilot, a 35-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, were taken to a local hospital.

Erin Pflaumer is a digital content producer from Long Island who has covered both local and national news since 2018. She joined PIX11 in 2023. See more of her work here.