Accidental blunt-force trauma caused western New York man’s death in Morristown hit-and-run, according to autopsy
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 2:54 pm

OGDENSBURG – An autopsy of the Lancaster 19-year-old killed in a hit-and-run accident Sunday evening confirms his death was due to being struck by a motor vehicle.

Dr. Samuel A. Livingstone conducted the autopsy on the body of Benjamin Schick Monday at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg.

Livingstone determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma resulting from being struck by a motor vehicle, according to state police. The manner of death was determined to be accidental.

The investigation by troopers of the accident continues.

They report that Schick and another teen were walking eastbound on the shoulder of Black Lake Road when Schick was hit by an SUV just before 9 p.m. Sunday. He was taken to the hospital and was declared dead there.

Troopers yesterday found the vehicle they believe hit Schick, but no suspects have been identified.

Devin B. Ferguson-Brenno, 26, Ogdensburg, reported to state police that his 2001 Honda CRV was stolen at about 9 p.m. Sunday from the Echos on the Lake convenience store, not far from the accident scene.

That vehicle was found Monday on Mansion Avenue in Ogdensburg. New York State Police members secured it and transported it to Troop B Headquarters in Ray Brook, where, after obtaining a search warrant, it was to be processed by the Troop B Forensic Investigation Unit for evidence.

Troopers said the vehicle had damage consistent with the accident.

The Troop B Violent Crimes Investigation Team and the Troop B Collision Reconstruction Unit are also participating in the investigation in conjunction with St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duvé.

State police are asking anyone with information about the accident or the stolen vehicle to call them at 393-3350 or 379-0012.