Liverpool High School student killed in overnight hit and run

Liverpool student killed in hit-and-run, Route 57, Clay / Courtesy: Craig McDowell

A Liverpool High School student was killed in an early morning hit and run accident.

The body of 19-year-old Joseph Ozimek III, of 3802 Brompton Lane, was found lying along Route 57 around 6:55 a.m.

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh says Ozimek was walking south on Route 57 around 2 a.m. when he was hit by a passing car driving north.

Deputies say Ozimek was hit and thrown several feet, where his shoes were found. They say he worked at the McDonald's on Route 57 and had just finished working shortly after midnight. Investigators believe he was walking home when he was hit by a car that drifted off the road.

Authorities say a Centro bus driver found Ozimek's body lying on the side of the road. The teen was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

CNY Central's Jim Kenyon spoke with Ozimek's father, Joe Ozimek, who says, "Whoever hit him, I don't care if he was drunk, speeding, or whatever, he should have called 911. My son didn't get a chance, and that's what hurts."

District officials in Liverpool say they have assigned extra councilors to the high school.

Superintendent Richard Johns issued a statement to the students and the general public. "The death of a loved one is always difficult, especially when a loved one is so young. Liverpool High School Joseph J. Ozimek passed away this morning following a tragic accident. Councilors will be on hand to help our students in anyway they can. Our thoughts go out to Joseph's family."

Deputies are currently conducting a complete investigation. They're asking anyone traveling in the area between midnight at 6 a.m. or anyone with information to call the Sheriff's Office at (315) 435-3081.