ITHACA (WBNG) – The Ithaca Police Department says one man is dead after his car crashed into Six Mile Creek Saturday evening.
Officers responded to the area of South Fulton Street near West Clinton Street just after 6:30 p.m. for a report of a vehicle that had crashed into Six Mile Creek and landing on its roof.
Upon arrival, officers say they observed a heroic bystander that was in the water attempting to hold the driver of the partially submerged vehicle’s head out of the water.
The victim was transported to Cayuga Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead after resuscitation measures failed.
Police say a passenger that was in the vehicle was uninjured.
Officials also say a dog was found in the rear seat struggling to breath.
Officers say after the dog was rescued, the dog ran off in a southerly direction on Meadow Street and has not yet been located.
Police say the dog was a small to medium light brown of buff colored mixed breed female that
goes by Annie.
Ithaca Police is asking anyone who might spot the dog to please call Tompkins County Animal Control.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Officials note this crash is not related to a body that was found floating in Six Mile Creek an hour prior.
Critical assistance was provided to IPD by The Tompkins Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police and the dispatchers at the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response.