Westhill senior, basketball standout killed in overnight crash

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GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Onondaga County Sheriff’s confirms that the victim in a Tuesday night crash, Zechariah Brown, 18, was a senior at Westhill High and a star basketball player.

According to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, at 1:36 a.m. Wednesday, Sheriff’s Deputies, along with rescue personnel, responded to southbound Route 695 just before the Route 5 split, for a reported crash involving a vehicle that rolled over several times. Brown was taken to Upstate University hospital, where he died a short time later.

A passenger in the vehicle, Cameron Jones, was not injured.

The road was closed until about 6 a.m. while crews cleared the scene.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated, although Sheriff’s Office investigators believe weather conditions appear to be a factor in the crash.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Officers from the Geddes and Camillus Police
Department.

Here is a statement from the Westhill School District:

The District is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of one of its students, Zechariah Brown. 
We share the sadness of the community in this significant loss. 


Despite the unusual circumstances of this pandemic, in coordination with Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and the Onondaga County Health Department, the District has arranged for resources to be available to our students during this difficult time. 


Students and families are encouraged to reach out to our school counselors at (315) 426-3130 or to any member of our staff or administration. 


The District extends its sincere sympathy to all impacted by this tragic loss.

-Westhill Central School District

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