DANBY, N.Y. –– A one-car accident on State Route 96B in Danby left the driver dead on Sunday night according to New York State Police at Ithaca.

At approximately 7:12 p.m. Sunday, Troopers responded to the scene where they were told by witnesses that they saw the vehicle –– a 2020 Chevrolet Equinox, traveling south on 96B, cross over into the oncoming lane of traffic before striking a tree.

“The witnesses did stop and check on the driver, who was conscious but began life-saving measures when he went unconscious,” a press release from state police says.

The driver is identified as Gary A. Hunter, 68, of Ithaca. Hunter received care from Bangs emergency personnel on the scene before being transported to Cayuga Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The Candor and Danby Fire Departments also assisted at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com