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  • Little Falls school community grieving the loss of a student

  • A makeshift memorial of white crosses and blue flowers for Zachary Brisbane adorned the intersection of Route 167 and Barker Road in the town of Manheim on Monday.

    The intersection is where 18-year-old Brisbane, of 199 Timmerman Ave., Little Falls, was involved in a two-car motor vehicle accident over the weekend. He later died from his injuries.

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  • A makeshift memorial of white crosses and blue flowers for Zachary Brisbane adorned the intersection of Route 167 and Barker Road in the town of Manheim on Monday.
    The intersection is where 18-year-old Brisbane, of 199 Timmerman Ave., Little Falls, was involved in a two-car motor vehicle accident over the weekend. He later died from his injuries.
    On Monday, the freshman was being remembered by the Little Falls City School District community.
    “We’re trying our best and our hearts are broken,” said Superintendent of Schools Louis Patrei during a telephone interview Monday. “It’s a very sad time for the school community.”
    State police report Brisbane was turning left onto Route 167 from Barker Road around 3 p.m. Saturday while operating a 2001 Buick. He turned directly into the path of a 2007 Dodge pick-up truck driven by Ryan O. Hart, 27, of Dolgeville, said police. Upon impact, the Buick exited the roadway and came to rest off the west side of Route 167, facing west. The pick-up truck came to rest on the southbound shoulder of Route 167, also facing west, said police.
    Also responding to the call were the Dolgeville Volunteer Fire Department, Stratford and Salisbury Ambulance and Rural Metro Ambulance.
    Brisbane, after being extricated from his vehicle by Dolgeville firefighters, was transported to St. Elizabeth Trauma Center by Rural Metro where he later died from his injuries, police said.
    Hart was transported by private vehicle to Little Falls Hospital with minor injuries, police said.
    According to Dolgeville firefighters, a LifeNet Helicopter was originally requested to transport Brisbane from the scene. After Rural Metro arrived, it was decided they would transport him instead because it would take too long for the helicopter to respond.
    Route 167 was closed for about two hours on Saturday as emergency responders worked the scene, during which time the traffic was rerouted.
    On Monday, the Little Falls school community was helping those touched by Brisbane’s death to grieve. Patrei said the Little Falls City School District’s crisis intervention team met Sunday to outline a plan to inform and support students within the district.
    “The school district is providing counseling services to students and staff,” said Patrei. He noted counselors from Herkimer BOCES and Catholic Charities of Herkimer County would assist the school counselors and would be available in all three of the district’s school buildings.
    A statement was posted on the school district’s website, including phone numbers for the school’s guidance offices for parents to refer to if they have questions about counseling for their children.
    “We want to let the [Brisbane] family know the entire district is deeply saddened by this tragic loss. Our hearts go out to them during this difficult time,” said Patrei.
    Page 2 of 2 - Brisbane was an academic freshman, but an athletic junior.
    He also reportedly had primary custody of his 11-month-old son.
    Sam Salamone, a chemistry teacher at Little Falls High School, coached Brisbane in volleyball.
    “He was a really nice kid. Anything you asked him to do he’d do it for you,” said Salamone. “The thing I’ll remember most about him is that he really loved his son.”
    Patrei said while he did not know him well, he was familiar with Brisbane.
    “He was a nice, young man, with a great sense of humor,” he said.
    Brisbane was one of two Central New York men to die in motor vehicle accidents over the weekend.
    Also on Saturday, 52-year-old John Flugel, of Fulton, died when he was making a turn onto state Route 48 in Granby, in Oswego County. His vehicle crashed, hit a culvert and overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Contributing: Times Sports Editor Jon Rathbun and The Associated Press

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