Josh Mileto, an 11th-grade student at Sachem East High School in Farmingville, Long Island, was killed during football practice on Thursday, August 10.
Mileto, 16, was with another teammate carrying a log for a conditioning drill when they fell, causing the log to strike Mileto, causing massive brain damage and killing him. The accident happened at around 8:40 AM.
CPR was attempted on the field but Mileto could not be saved. He was then rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital where he would be pronounced dead.
via CBS New York:
As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, teammates were gathered at the Farmingville Fire Department mourning a friend doing what thousands of kids do this time of year; routine off-season training.
The boys left Stony Brook Hospital after learning that doctors could not save their friend. Police said football practice was supervised by adults. Those who have been through it said the log exercise is used for team building and endurance. Students and neighbors are stunned.
“I can’t even believe it, I don’t think it’s real,” Mileto’s friend said. “He was my best friend, we grew up together. We’ve known each other since we were two. It’s really hard for me.”
Sachem East High School released a statement saying its crisis intervention team and support service are available. Similarly, all school activities are canceled until further notice.
That is all the information available at this time.