AUGUST 10, 2017 An 11th-grade Long Island high school football player died after what the school district described as a «horrific […]
AUGUST 10, 2017
An 11th-grade Long Island high school football player died after what the school district described as a «horrific accident» in practice.
The Sachem East High player, 16-year-old Joshua Mileto, was participating in a strength and conditioning drill where players carried a log overhead when a log fell and struck Mileto in the head, the Suffolk County Police Department said in a statement.
Mileto was transported to the Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Sachem East graduate Carlin Schledorn, who played football as a junior, said carrying the log — about 12 feet (3.7 meters) long and the diameter of a utility pole — was a “team building” exercise.
Classmate Olivia Cassereli said Mileto “cared about everyone else.”
“He put others before himself, and everyone loved him and was friends with him,” said Cassereli, who called him her best friend.