TUPPER LAKE - Hospital officials say a local 20-year-old man is dead after a truck he was in rolled over early Wednesday morning north of Long Lake, heading home from a concert in Saratoga Springs.
Joshua Peck of Tupper Lake died after spending Wednesday in the intensive care unit at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. He had severe head and neck injuries after the crash, said state police Investigator Steve Ansari.
State police said this afternoon they could not verify that Peck had died, but Fletcher Allen officials, asked a second time, confirmed that he had.
Peck was riding with 16-year-old Tupper Laker Matthew Corrow in a 2008 Chevy Colorado, a small pickup truck, driven by Jordan Amell, 17, of Piercefield, Ansari said. They were traveling on state Route 30 north toward Tupper Lake.
Ansari said Amell told him they were on their way back from a concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center featuring the bands My Darkest Days, Bush and Nickelback. The concert finished just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, and the crash occurred around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
The truck drove off the right-hand shoulder of the road and rolled over three times about 7 miles south of the Hamilton-Franklin county line, near a gate to the Whitney property. Ansari said police believe Amell was ejected from the vehicle.
All three men were brought to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake by the Long Lake rescue squad, and Peck was moved to Burlington from there. Both Amell and Corrow were treated and released.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
"We don't really know exactly what happened," Ansari said.
Ansari said he's gotten two different stories about what happened before the car went off the road, and he wouldn't rule out drugs or sleep deprivation as contributing factors.
"It does not appear that alcohol was involved in it," Ansari said.
No one has been charged with anything yet, but Ansari said there will be some charges.
Tupper Lake-based state police and the Long Lake rescue squad responded to the crash. The Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department sent 14 people who mostly helped direct traffic.
Tupper Lake fire and rescue volunteers were dispatched to the crash until they found out it was over the town line, so they left it up to the Long Lake squads.