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Police: Man hit, killed by pickup truck at Westhampton Beach school

Police tape cordons off the scene of a

Police tape cordons off the scene of a fatal accident at Westhampton Beach High School on Saturday, April 18, 2015. An 80-year-old man died after being hit by a pickup truck at about 9:35 a.m., police said. Credit: Newsday / Sarah Armaghan

An 80-year-old man died Saturday after he was hit by a pickup truck on a sidewalk abutting Westhampton Beach High School, police said.

A 911 call was made at 9:35 a.m., and police and ambulance crews arrived about a minute later outside the high school on Lilac Road, Westhampton Police Chief Trevor Gonce said.

Suffolk County medevac was called to the scene but was not used, Gonce said. Instead, the man was taken by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he died.

Police are investigating how the victim, whose name was not released because his family has not yet been notified, became trapped under the GMC pickup.

The truck "appeared to have backed over the victim," police said in a news release.

Gonce called the death "an accident" and said it is not being investigated as criminal.

The driver of the vehicle has yet to be interviewed by police, Gonce said Saturday afternoon. There were no other witnesses to the accident, and there are no security cameras in the vicinity.

The pickup truck was parked on the sidewalk a few feet in front of a set of double doors leading into the school. Its rear was smashed in and a rear taillight was hanging out of its socket. The pickup truck, which had several two-by-fours in its bed, was hauled away by a tow truck around noon.

Gonce could not say whether the vehicle was on school grounds Saturday morning for maintenance work, or whether the victim had any relationship to the driver or vehicle.

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