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State police seek hit-and-run driver who killed a teen in Morristown Sunday

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MORRISTOWN - State police in Ogdensburg are seeking the public’s help locating the driver of a car that struck and killed a 19-year-old Lancaster man on County Route 6 Sunday night.

The suspected vehicle, a Honda CRV with its windshield shattered and damage to its passenger side hood, was discovered Monday on Mansion Avenue in Ogdensburg. The car was reported stolen from a store in Edwardsville about an hour after the accident occurred.

Troopers said the accident occurred at 8:58 p.m. Sunday in the vicinity of 3320 County Route 6. Struck was pedestrian Benjamin M. Schick, 19, of Lancaster, who had been walking on the side of the road with John A. Robinson, 19, also of Lancaster. State police Lieutenant John R. Coryea said the two were staying at a nearby camp owned by Mr. Robinson’s family.

Mr. Robinson, who was not injured, described the car that struck his friend as a dark-colored SUV that left the scene. The car was traveling toward Ogdensburg, and the two were walking in the same direction. He told state police the car continued toward the city after it struck Mr. Schick.

“It is presumed that he was hit from behind,” Lt. Coryea said. “We have to wait for the autopsy to determine that for sure.”

Mr. Schick was transported to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg and pronounced dead by Dr. Florentino Nilooban. An autopsy was expected to be conducted Monday evening.

Ogdensburg City Police received a report at 10:17 p.m. Sunday that a 2001 Honda CRV, New York registration GDT5129, had been stolen from the parking lot of the Echoes on the Lake convenience store, not far from the accident scene.

City police Lieutenant Andrew D. Kennedy said since the car was reported stolen from a location outside the city, the caller was referred to state police. He said no incident report about the call or who placed it was filed in the department’s blotter. He said all information about the call was turned over to state police.

“We assisted them in looking for the vehicle,” Lt. Kennedy said.

Lt. Coryea said state police located the car on Mansion Avenue at about 10 a.m. Monday. He said state police are withholding the name of the vehicle’s owner.

“We obviously want to conduct our investigation before we go associating anybody’s name with it,” he said.

State police accident reconstruction and violent crimes investigation teams assisted, and St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve was notified.

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

Sunday’s accident was the second fatal car-pedestrian crash in St. Lawrence County since Friday. Edward Remington, 46, of Massena, was struck by a vehicle Friday night while he was crossing East Orvis Street in the village of Massena. He died from his injuries Saturday. The driver of the vehicle which struck him, James A. (Alex) Berry, Park Avenue, Massena, was jailed on $100,000 bail and charged with second-degree vehicular assault and a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated.

Staff writers Ryne Martin, Elizabeth Lyons and Brian Kidwell contributed to this report.

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