New York college student dies in I-81 crash

by William Mattar | December 14th, 2011

December 14, 2011

A 20-year-old Long Island man was killed in a fiery car crash on Interstate 81 on Saturday, December 3, reports the Times Tribune. The Susquehanna County Coroner said that he died of smoke inhalation.

The victim, identified as a student from Mount Sinai, New York, was driving north of I-81 at 2:32 a.m. when his vehicle drove off the right side of the highway at mile marker 211 in Susquehanna County and hit a rock embankment.

The vehicle came to rest on its driver’s side on the highway’s shoulder and became engulfed in flames, according to state police.

The young man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. An autopsy performed Sunday morning revealed that his death had been caused by smoke inhalation, the coroner said.

He was a student at Ithaca College in upstate New York, where he was enrolled in the school’s music program, a college spokesman said.

He was returning to the school from New York City when the accident occurred.

An email was sent to students by the school of music’s dean informing them of his death and offering counseling to those mourning him.

“From my own experiences with [him], and with impressions I have gleaned from his teachers, [he] was a wonderful student, a talented musician, and a warm and beautiful person,” said the dean.

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