Forensic unit to study stolen SUV involved in fatal Morristown hit-and-run accident
Monday, August 5, 2013 - 5:12 pm

MORRISTOWN -- State police reconstruction, violent crime and forensic investigation units will study an allegedly stolen 2001 Honda CRV, recovered this morning, which may have been used in a fatal pedestrian accident.

Ogdensburg-based state police, who are investigating a fatal car/pedestrian hit-and-run and a vehicle theft, believe the incidents may be related.

Troopers recovered the stolen SUV at approximately 10 a.m., on Mansion Avenue in Ogdensburg.

Benjamin M. Schick, 19, of Lancaster was struck and killed Sunday evening in a hit-and-run accident on County Rt. 6, according to troopers.

Schick was apparently hit by an eastbound dark-colored SUV as he walked eastbound on the shoulder with a friend, John A. Robinson, 19, also of Lancaster, shortly before 9 p.m.

Just before 10 p.m., Ogdensburg Police Department received a report of a stolen 2001 Honda CRV, color blue, New York registration GDT5129, which was alleged to have been stolen from the parking lot of Echos on the Lake convenience store, near the accident scene.

State police believe the vehicle may have been involved in the accident and have sent it in for forensic tests.

Schick was taken to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg and pronounced dead by Dr. Florentino Nilooban. An autopsy is scheduled for later today.

Robinson was not struck or injured, and was able to provide a description of the vehicle. The SUV fled the scene continuing eastbound on County Route 6.

The New York State Police are asking anyone with information regarding the accident or the stolen vehicle to call 393-3350 or 379-0012.