2018-01-09 / Police

Middletown Councilman Jake Rosa Dies in Margaretville Accident

Jacob Rosa Jacob Rosa MIDDLETOWN - Friday morning, Jan. 5, shortly before 8 a.m., 42-year-old Jacob “Jake” Rosa died in a tragic accident.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department was called to investigate the fatal accident which took place on Bill Stahl Road in the town of Margaretville.

The investigation revealed that the Arkville resident was on a disabled tractor that was being towed by another tractor by a landowner along a narrow, snow covered driveway, when a wheel of the tractor Rosa was steering dropped off the driveway adjacent to a steep embankment and overturned, fatally injuring Rosa.

The tractor, which was not running at the time of the accident, was not equipped with tire chains or a rollover protection structure, according to a release from the sheriff’s department.

In November, Rosa was voted in for his third term as a board member for the town of Middletown.

Rosa, 42, was self-employed as a logger and also operated a small farm. He is married with a grown step-daughter.

“One of the best things about this county and town is the open space and I love that the current board works so well together. When we walk in the door - we leave politics at the door, whether you are a Republican or a Democrat,” Rosa said in a November interview with The Reporter. “I enjoy working for the people - my experience on the board has been pretty great.”

Members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department were assisted at the scene by members of the Margaretville Volunteer Fire Department, the Margaretville Memorial Hospital Ambulance and Sanford Towing.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12, in the auditorium at Margaretville Central School. The family invites all of Jake’s friends to attend a celebration of his life immediately following.

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