Donations surge for victim of high school football mishap

A sign points to Sachem East High School in Farmingville, N.Y. where police say log fell on a teenage football player's head, killing him, Thursday Aug. 10, 2017. Joshua Mileto, 16, was participating in a pre-season drill with a group of high school football players, carrying a large log overhead for a workout, when the wood fell on his head. The 11th-grader was taken from the school to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)
Suffolk County police work on the athletic field at Sachem High School East in Farmingville, N.Y., where a teenage football player was fatally injured during a drill earlier in morning, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. Police say Joshua Mileto, 16, was participating in a pre-season drill with a group of high school football players, carrying a large log overhead for a workout, when the wood fell on his head. The 11th-grader was taken from the school to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. (James Carbone/Newsday via AP)

FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. — A fundraising effort for the family of a Long Island high school football player killed in a pre-season training accident is getting an overwhelming community response.

Joshua Mileto was killed Thursday when a log he and other teammates at Sachem (SAY'-chehm) East High School were carrying during a training exercise fell and struck him in the head. The accident happened during a preseason conditioning camp at the school.

A GoFundMe page set up by friends in the Farmingville community had raised over $30,000 by midday Friday.

A spokeswoman for the Sachem School District said the start of football training will begin Monday, as scheduled. Neither administrators nor coaches were available to comment.

The 16-year-old wide receiver and defensive back was described by friends as a selfless, caring teenager.

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