According to a media release, Ithaca Police officers, in collaboration with the Ithaca Fire Department and Bangs Ambulance, responded to S. Fulton Street near W. Clinton Street for a report of a vehicle that crashed in Six Mile Creek, landing on its roof. Once officers arrived on the scene, they found a heroic bystander in the water attempting to hold the head of the vehicle’s driver above water, while the vehicle was partially submerged. Officers quickly went down to the embankment and entered the water to assist. Ithaca Firefighters were able to force the door open and dislodge the victim.
The victim was later transported to Cayuga Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead after resuscitative measure failed. The victim is currently being identified while the crash is under investigation. A passenger in the vehicle was uninjured.
During a final sweep of the vehicle, a dog was found in the rear seat struggling for breath. The dog was extricated from the vehicle and helped up the embankment. The very frightened dog ran off in a southern direction on Meadow Street and has not yet been located. First responders have described the dog as a small to medium light brown or buff colored mixed breed female that goes by Annie.
The dog was wearing a soft adjustable collar with unknown tags. Should anyone see this dog, they are encouraged to call the Tompkins County Animal Control at (607) 319-5067. Critical assistance was provided on the scene by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and dispatchers at the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response.