The Ithaca Police Department is investigating a fatal car accident off of Fulton Street near West Clinton Street in the Six Mile Creek.
Around 6:39 p.m. first responders were called to the area for the report of a vehicle that just crashed into Six Mile Creek, landing on its roof.
Upon arrival police say they observed a bystander in the water, attempting to hold the driver’s head out of the water. Officers then went down the embankment and entered the water to assist.
With assistance of the Ithaca Fire Department, the door was forced open and the victim was dislodged. They say that the victim was transported to Cayuga Medical Center and succumbed to injuries sustained in the wreck.
Police say the victim is in the process of being identified, and that a second person was in the car – but escaped injury.
“It should be noted that during a final sweep of the vehicle a dog was found in the rear seat struggling to breath,” IPD said in a statement. That dog was extricated from the vehicle and helped up the embankment, but ran off in a southerly direction on Meadow Street.
They say that dog was located.
Police say that critical assistance was provided by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Dispatchers in Tompkins County, and Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response.
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