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Peck had lost older brother to crash in ’99

July 27, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - Joshua Peck is the second of his family to die after being in a car crash.

His half-brother, Christopher Peck, died May 2, 1999, in a car crash near his Saranac home. He was 26 at the time. The two men share a father, Clarence Peck, but have different mothers.

Josh Peck, 20, of Tupper Lake, was dead Thursday after being involved in a one-vehicle rollover at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to officials at Fletcher Allen Health Care, the Burlington, Vt., hospital he was taken to after being brought there from Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Peck and two friends were driving back from a Nickelback concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. They had almost finished the 115-mile trip home when they drove off state Route 30 about 7 miles south of the line between Long Lake and Tupper Lake, around 2 a.m.

Peck spent Wednesday at Fletcher Allen in critical condition with severe head and neck injuries. Then on Thursday morning, hospital officials said he was dead.

Jordan Amell, 17, of Piercefield, was driving the 2008 Chevrolet Colorado pickup when it rolled over, and he was partially thrown out of vehicle. State police Investigator Jonathan Garrow said police were sure Amell did not have his seat belt on at the time of the crash. But they are still investigating whether Peck and 16-year-old Matthew Corrow, of Tupper Lake, were wearing them.

"It's not 100-percent clear if Joshua had his on," Garrow said. "But it appears as though nobody was wearing any at this point."

Both Amell and Corrow were transported to AMC, treated for bruises and scrapes, and released.

Police are still investigating what happened to cause the truck to leave the roadway, or whether speed, fatigue or an animal in the road could have been contributing factors. Investigator Steve Ansari told the Enterprise Wednesday that it didn't appear alcohol was involved.

"We're very sad that this situation happened," Garrow told the Enterprise. "It's just, it's terrible."

State police disputed Thursday whether Peck was, in fact, deceased, saying they believed Peck was still on life support Thursday afternoon because they had not yet gotten notification of the death from the medical examiner's office there. But Fletcher Allen officials told the Enterprise twice they had Peck's condition listed as deceased.

No charges have been filed yet, but police have said charges are pending while they complete their investigation.

According to his Facebook account, Peck was a foreman with Panther Mountain Pavers, his father's company, and he graduated from Tupper Lake Middle/High School in 2011.

Village Mayor Paul Maroun sent his condolences to the Peck family.

"We feel terrible about the accident," Maroun said. "Our heart and soul are with the family at this time of sorrow."



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