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NYSP: 'Appears' fatal crash was a suicide

DeWitt car crash

UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Aug. 16: New York State Police just notified CNYCentral that the investigation revealed that the fatal crash was an apparent suicide. Our original report is below.

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  • Onondaga County 24-hour hotline: 315-251-0600
  • Cayuga County 24-hour hotline: 1-877-400-8740
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ORIGINAL REPORT:

New York State Police have identified the teen who was killed after crashing his car into the Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville Wednesday night.

According to New York State Police, Blake Lucas, 18, was driving east on Quintard Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Jamesville Road. Troopers said Lucas continued east off the roadway when he struck a utility pole and rolled several times before crashing into the library.

Troopers said Lucas was taken to Upstate University Hosptial where he died from his injuries.

Investigators said there were no signs of drugs or alcohol involved.

The Jamesville-DeWitt School District released a statement Thursday saying counselors will be available. The statement said in full:

The Jamesville-Dewitt community is deeply saddened by the loss of Blake Lucas, a June graduate from JD High School. First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with Blake’s family. Our counselors will be available to assist students as we mourn the loss of such a promising young man.

The East Area YMCA said Lucas was a lifeguard there. They said in a statement that he was a hard worker. The statement said in full:

Our condolences go out to the family and our community. We are deeply saddened by this. Blake was a hard worker that helped ensure all were safe in the water and truly was giving back to the community through his work here. He will be greatly missed.

The crash remains under investigation.

The library sustained some damage and is closed through Monday.

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