Two men died in a crash early this morning in Hollis after the driver slammed into a fire hydrant at high speed, according to police.

Cops say that Blake Gary, 22, was driving a 1994 Toyota Corolla east on 100th Avenue "at a high level of speed" when he smashed the car into the hydrant at 205th Place and 100th Avenue in Queens shortly before 1 a.m. this morning. The impact of the wreck split the car in half.

Gary was ejected and died at the scene, according to an NYPD spokesman. The passenger in the front seat, 21-year-old James Montague, was taken to Queens General Hospital, and doctors there pronounced him dead. A third man survived the crash and refused medical attention.

"I heard the squeal of tires and then I just heard a loud boom," one witness told NBC4.

Keith Gary, Blake Gary's uncle, told the News that Blake's father had bought the car for him "a couple months ago."

Initially, police reported that the driver had fled the scene of the crash, leaving his dying passengers.

This story has been updated to reflect the NYPD revising its account of the crash.