PATERSON, NJ – Two city men were killed in an early morning crash when their car hit a utility police on Route 20 on Thursday, police said.

The victims were Matthew J. Hernandez, 22, of East 32nd Street, who was driving, and his passenger, Joel Dilone, 22, of Madison Avenue.

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A story on northjersey.com said Hernandez, father of a two-year-old boy, had celebrated his birthday on Wednesday.

Authorities said they were investigating what caused the crash.