SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A Syracuse University freshman from Jaffrey has died following a crash Tuesday evening.

Trevor Pierce, 18, was killed in a collision at the intersection of Comstock and Waverly Avenue, according to a letter from Syracuse University Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Marianne Thomson.

“This is an unthinkable loss for Trevor’s family, friends and loved ones and the entire Syracuse University community,” Thomson wrote in the letter. “We send our support, thoughts and prayers to everyone grieving and impacted by Trevor’s death.”

According to a report by, Pierce was skateboarding when he was hit by a trolley that transports students from the university. The crash was reported shortly before 5:30 p.m.

Pierce was taken to Upstate University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Syracuse Police Department could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.

Thomson said Pierce was pursuing a political philosophy degree and was a member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program.

Pierce graduated from Conant High School in Jaffrey in June. Conant Principal David Dustin wrote a letter posted online Wednesday to students, families and staff, informing them of Pierce’s death.

“This loss has shocked our school community, and I know I speak for all of our teachers, students, and staff when I say that our hearts and minds are with Trevor and his family in this immensely difficult time,” Dustin wrote in the letter.

During his time in the Jaffrey-Rindge schools, Pierce was heavily involved both in and outside of the classroom, Dustin added.

“His intellectual curiosity and passion for learning touched many teachers and fellow students,” Dustin wrote. “His involvement with our athletic running programs meant he touched the lives of all of those fellow athletes and their families. Most impressively, Trevor held, at his core, a focus on service and giving back.”

In the fall of 2018, when Pierce was a sophomore at Conant, he completed his Eagle Scout service project with Boy Scout Troop 8 by transforming a garden bed at Jaffrey Grade School, where he had attended elementary school, into an outdoor education learning center, a project funded entirely by donations.

“Having gone to JGS this is more than an Eagle Project to me,” he said at the time. “It is a way to give back to a school that gave me a great education.”

Conant High School and Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School counselors are available to students and staff who need support, Dustin wrote in his letter.

“It is in times like this that the power and significance of a small, close-knit community shine through,” he wrote. “I know our community will come together as we support Trevor’s family, and each other, in the coming days and weeks.”

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