This is the stream where Theresa Caito's Volvo went off the road and flipped over, into the water, on the Carey Road in the town of Jay Nov. 30. Caito, 75, and her 7-year-old grandson, Henry, died of drowning in the car before they were found. The blue paint shows the car's tire tracks.
Photo by Andy Flynn.
AUSABLE FORKS — Autopsy reports confirmed Thursday that Theresa Caito, 75, and her grandson, 7-year-old Henry D. Caito of Jay, died as a result of asphyxiation due to drowning.
Theresa was enroute to drop Henry off at school Wednesday morning, Nov. 30, when she lost control of her 2007 Volvo, flipped it on its roof and skidded into a stream that passes underneath the Carey Road and empties into the nearby East Branch of the Ausable River. The accident happened about half a mile up the Carey Road from the Stickney Bridge Road.
State police and emergency personnel began searching for the Caitos around 9:30 a.m., after Henry was reported missing from his first-grade class at the Au Sable Forks Elementary School.
Members of the Fire Department and Highway Department entered the water and attached a cable to the vehicle so it could be raised out of the water enough to free the occupants.
Theresa and Henry were both unconscious when rescuers reached the vehicle. Firefighters and town highways crews jumped into the waist-high water to get the two victims out of the car. Life-saving measures performed on the scene weren’t enough to save them.
Henry Caito was transported to AMC in Lake Placid and was pronounced deceased by P.A. Howard Glass. Theresa Caito was transported to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, where she was pronounced deceased by Dr. Louis Rivera.
According to state police, an autopsy performed Nov. 30 at AMC confirmed Henry had died as a result of drowning. Similarly, an autopsy performed on his grandmother at CVPH Medical Center determined she, too had drowned with a contributing factor being internal intestinal bleeding.
The manner of death is pending a ruling by Clinton County Coroner David Donah.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Lt. Brent Davison of the New York State Police said the accident reconstruction can take weeks to determine the cause.
Henry was born on May 28, 2004 at CVPH in Plattsburgh, he is survived by his parents Gregory and Lisa (Ransom) Caito of Jay. Theresa was born on July 3, 1956 in East Rochester. She was the daughter of Vespesiano and Edith (Ferraraccio) Marcoccia.
Henry and Theresa will be memorialized in a joint service on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Zaumezter-Sprague Funeral Home, 3 College St, in Au Sable Forks.
A Christian Burial service will take place on Monday, Dec. 5 at the Holy Name Cemetery, off of Silver Lake Road, at 11 a.m.