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Bicyclist struck, killed by car in Oneida County was Hamilton College professor

Oneida County

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash in the town of Kirkland involving a car and bicyclist that left one person dead.

According to officials, the accident occurred around 12:13 p.m. Thursday on Kirkland Avenue. Sheriff Robert Maciol said that bicyclist Samuel Pellman, 64, of Clinton, was traveling south when he was struck by a 2007 Hyundia Sonota.

Pellman was treated on scene by members of the Oneida County Criminal Investigation and Forensics Unit, along with Kirkland Police. He was then transported to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica where he was pronounced dead by hospital staff, according to authorities.

Pellman was a professor music at Hamilton College, in Clinton. According to the college, he taught there for nearly 40 years. In April 2015, he received the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award.

The college released the following statement.

We write with heartbreaking news. Sam Pellman, the James L. Ferguson Professor of Music, was struck and killed in an automobile accident while riding his bicycle earlier today. Sam was our friend as well as our colleague, just as he was to so many others in our community. On behalf of all of us at Hamilton, we extend our deepest and most profound condolences to Colleen and their children, John and Emily.
During the nearly four decades that Sam has been a part of this community, he was a widely admired teacher, a groundbreaking scholar in the area of electroacoustic music, and an indispensable part of the fabric of this community, serving as associate dean, Posse mentor, and on nearly every elected faculty committee and on multiple ad hoc committees formed to address College priorities, especially those involving the arts. In April 2015, he received the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award. More importantly, he was a good and loyal friend to his colleagues, an exceptional advisor to students, and an exemplary representative of the College and its values. In so many ways, he will be irreplaceable.
Sam's death touches us all deeply. An informal gathering will be held this evening in Dwight Lounge beginning at 7:30 p.m. for those who would like to seek comfort in the company of others. The Counseling Center will also have additional hours this evening until 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow until 7 p.m., and peer counselors will be available until 10 p.m. tonight and 7 p.m. tomorrow. Students may also call our 24/7/365 counseling line (315-859-4340, option 2). In addition, we call your attention to the BRiDGES Employee Assistance Program, which offers professional, comprehensive and personalized services for employees who may benefit from this confidential service.
In light of such tragic news, please take time to care for yourself and to offer support to those around you. We will look for additional ways to honor Sam and his memory in the weeks and months to come.

Kirkland Police and Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance also responded to the scene.

An investigation is ongoing.


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