Joshua Mileto (via Facebook)
NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - A 16-year-old student at a Long Island high school died after suffering a head injury in a freak accident during an off-season football workout.
It happened Thursday morning at Sachem East High School, located at 177 Granny Road in Farmingville. During a strength and conditioning camp, athletes were performing a drill that involved carrying a log overhead.
A log used in the drill fell and hit Joshua Mileto in the head. Suffolk County police say that Mileto, of Farmingville, was transported from the school to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The superintendent of schools said that the district will offer support services to students and staff "for as long as needed."
"The district is devastated by this horrific accident and words cannot express the grief we feel as a school community," Dr. Kenneth Graham, the superintendent, said in a statement. "We extend our deepest condolences to the student's family and friends during this terribly difficult time."
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association said the state has no mandated restrictions on the type of drills that take place during the off-season.
Mileto played cornerback and wide receiver for the JV team last year, according to his online profile. He was scheduled to graduate in 2019.
Police said that the investigation into the accident is continuing.
According to the school's website, the high school football season officially starts on Monday, August 14.