A 16-year-old football player died after a log being used in a practice drill at his Long Island high school fell on his head Thursday morning, Suffolk County cops said.
Joshua Mileto — an 11th-grader at Sachem High School East in Farmingville — was slammed in the head by the log during an off season strength and conditioning drill about 8:40 a.m.
The Farmingville Fire Department rushed Mileto to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he died, officials said.
Suffolk police said a group of players were carrying to log overhead when it fell.
“The Sachem Central School District Administration, Board of Education and entire school community are truly saddened to learn of the tragic loss of an 11th-grade Sachem High School East student,” said Dr. Kenneth Graham, superintendent of Schools for the district, in
a written statement.
“The student passed away from injuries suffered during an off-season football workout early this morning.”
Formal practice was slated to start on Aug. 14, according to the school’s website.
Graham said the school community is grieving over the “horrific accident.”
“We extend our deepest condolences to the student’s family and friends during this terribly difficult time,” he said.
“Beyond saddened for friends, family, and teammates of Sachem East football,” Eric Brust posted on twitter. “Prayers are with you guys.”
Justin Cirillo wrote, “My sympathies are with the Sachem East football team and everyone involved with @SachemSchools. This is a sad day for Arrows everywhere.”
A counseling team will be made available to students and staff. All athletic and school-related activities were cancelled for Thursday at every school in the district.
The case is being investigated by the Suffolk Homicide Squad. Detectives asked anyone with information to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392, Suffolk police said.
A 16 year-old football player dies after a log falls on head at practice
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