A 54-year-old Ithaca man is in critical condition this morning (January 4) after a two-car accident yesterday afternoon. A local police chief is credited with saving his life.
New York State Police at Ithaca were called to the accident around 2:40 yesterday afternoon at the intersection of State Route 13 and Lower Creek Road in the Town of Ithaca.
Moments before troopers arrived, Ithaca City Police Chief Pete Tyler responded to the scene and began immediate life-saving treatment on a man he found bleeding from the head and not breathing.
Troopers and emergency responders from Dryden Ambulance and Varna Fire Department soon arrived, and through their collaborative effort were able to stabilize the man.
He was then rushed to the Ithaca Airport and flown by Lifenet to Upstate Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.
The driver of the other vehicle, a pregnant 24-year-old Dryden female, was taken by ambulance to Cayuga Medical Center as a precautionary measure. A trooper used two fire extinguishers to put out a fire in her vehicle as the Varna Fire Department arrived on scene.
An investigation by troopers determined that the male was operating a 2012 Hyundai Sonata and was stopped (facing north) in the intersection of State Route 13 and Lower Creek Road. He failed to yield the right of way to the other vehicle when turning left and was also not wearing a seatbelt. The female was operating a 1999 Plymouth Breeze and was traveling southbound.
The road was partially closed for about an hour as troopers investigated and cleared the scene.
The investigation is still on-going.