(Town of Lebanon, NY – May 31, 2012) Jesse D. Eisenhut, 22, of 1883 Daytonville Road, Waterville was pronounced dead at Upstate University Hospital after being struck by a vending machine delivery van while fueling his pick-up truck yesterday morning.
Madison County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the accident that occurred just before 5 a.m. May 30 on River Road in the Madison County Town of Lebanon.
A pickup truck, operated by Eisenhut was stopped along the shoulder of River Road. The truck had ran out of gas and was being refueled from a gas can by Eisenhut when his pickup truck was struck from behind by a vending machine route delivery van operated by Charles Hopkins, 37, of Canastota.
Hopkins was operating the van, owned by Next Generation Vending in Canastota. Hopkins’ van was heading southbound on River Road at the time of the collision.
The impact sent Eisenhut and his pickup truck several feet forward where he 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. 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 sustained extremely critical, life-threatening injuries and is currently being treated at Upstate Hospital.
Hopkins was not injured and refused medical treatment at the scene.
Investigators and Accident Reconstruction Team members remain on the scene.
Investigation into the accident is continuing by members of the Madison County Accident Reconstruction Unit.