The sun had only just set on Wojciech Jastrzebski when sheriff’s deputies in Wawarsing, alerted by the report of a utility task vehicle (UTV) accident, arrived at the frozen Ulster Heights Lake upon which he lay.
In spite of the efforts of the Ellenville Fire Department and Ellenville Rescue Squad, who managed to make their way out to the 38-year-old Brooklyn man to perform CPR, in the end Jastrzebski succumbed to his injuries.
A preliminary investigation suggests the victim was operating the UTV on the lake when it overturned, landing on him. A male passenger riding alongside him escaped the incident with only minor injury.
A more complete investigation into the tragic joyride opened by deputies and detectives from the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office remains pending.