An 18-year-old college student died when the pickup truck he was driving hit a tree and caught fire, the Delaware County deputies said Sunday.
Michael Ackerman of South Kortright died Sunday before he could be rescued, deputies said, and the accident remains under investigation, with a cause of death pending an autopsy.
Undersheriff Craig DuMond said the accident happened when Ackerman was driving on state Route 10 in the town of Delhi near Webster Brook Road at about 5:20 a.m. Sunday. Ackerman, who was alone in the vehicle, failed to negotiate a curve, Dumond said, and the truck went off the roadway and hit a tree.
DuMond said the truck was registered to Ackerman’s mother. An accident reconstruction team and Delhi fire department crews were at the scene, the undersheriff said.
Ackerman played on soccer and basketball at South Kortright Central School last year.
Ackerman was a freshman enrolled in the plumbing and refrigeration program at the State University College of Technology at Delhi, college officials said.
The college reached out to the family with condolences Sunday, Joel Smith, spokesman said, and an email was sent to the college community about the accident.
“It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the death of Michael Ackerman,” SUNY Delhi President Candace Vancko said in the memo. “Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Michael’s family and friends.”
Students work closely in plumbing and refrigeration lab units, college officials said, and counseling staff will be available today in Foreman Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to provide support to students, faculty and staff.