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Fatal Rollover in Cobleskill Caused by Deer Kills Ithaca College Student

Kristine Bellino

The driver is dead and his three passengers are recovering from injuries after a deer crossed into the path of four college students Sunday night.

The four were travelling westbound on Interstate 88 in Cobleskill on their way to Ithaca College just before 10:00pm on December 1, 2013.

The driver, 21-year old Michael N. Clark of Boxborough, Massachusetts, swerved to avoid a deer in the road and, police say, lost control of his 2002 Santa Fe.  The vehicle went into the median and rolled over several times before coming to a rest along the eastbound slope of the road.  Clark was pronounced dead at the scene.  The three passengers, identified as Ezra Chamberlain, Melanie Pond, and Christopher Rose, were brought to Albany Medical Center with various injuries.

According to Ithaca College Clark was a junior English major.

In a written statement on the school’s website Marisa Kelly, Ithaca College’s Provost and Vice President for Educational Affairs, said, “We extend our deepest sympathies, as well as our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time, to the family, friends, classmates and professors of these four members of our campus community.”  Counseling services are being made available at the college to those who need help dealing with the tragedy.

Cobleskill and Richmondville Ambulance assisted New York State Police at the scene.


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