Waterville man dies after being struck by delivery van in Madison County

By WKTV News

LEBANON, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Waterville man is dead after being struck by a delivery van on River Road in the Town of Lebanon around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.

According to the Madison County Sheriff's Departmen, a pickup truck driven by Jessie Eisenhut, 22, of Waterville, was stopped along the shoulder of River Road after running out of gas.

Sheriff's Deputies say that Eisenhut was refueling the truck from a gas can when he was struck from behind by a vending machine route delivery van operated by Charles Hopkins, 37, of Canastota.

Authorities say the van, owned by Next Generation Vending in Canastota, was heading southbound on River Road at the time of the collision.

The impact sent Eisenhut and his pickup truck several feet forward, where Eisenhut was thrown into a roadside drainage ditch and his pickup truck flipped on its side. Hopkins' delivery van rolled onto its side, coming to rest on top of Eisenhut in the ditch.

Rescue response consisted of Eaton Fire/Rescue, Eaton and SOMAC Ambulances, Morrisville and Hamilton Fire/Rescue.

Eisenhut was removed from the wreckage after extrication, and was transported by Eaton Ambulance to a landing zone set up at Gypsy Bay Park in the Village of Cazenovia, where he was transferred to a waiting Mercy Flight helicopter and transported to Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse.

Authorities said the landing zone was established at this location due to fog conditions near the accident, making the area inaccessible to the helicopter. Cazenovia Fire Department responded to the landing zone for safety precautions.

Eisenhut was pronounced dead shortly after Noon on Wednesday.

Hopkins was not injured and refused medical treatment at the scene.

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