Update (11:25 a.m.): The victim has been identified as Rahman Nasiri, 47 years old, Undersheriff Jennifer Olin tells The Ithaca Voice. No charges have been filed in the incident but the investigation continues.
TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—A crash during rush hour Friday left one pedestrian dead and police asking the public for more information on the circumstances that led to the incident.
Tompkins County Undersheriff Jennifer Olin said in a press release that around 5 p.m., several agencies responded to a report of a motor vehicle off the roadway of the northbound lane of Route 13, between North Triphammer Road and Warren Road.
Once on scene, police found a vehicle in a ditch with front end damage, being operated by a woman who did not want to leave the vehicle and was uncooperative with police, Olin alleged.
“First responders canvassed the scene and also quickly located a male subject who is believed to have been a pedestrian struck by the vehicle,” Olin wrote. “The male died at the scene as a result of his injuries.”
The victim was not identified by police, though they said he had black hair, a black beard, and was wearing khaki pants and a grey shirt at the time he was struck.
Olin said the investigation is ongoing and asked that anyone who may have information, or who saw the man walking along Route 13 at some point before the crash, to contact the sheriff’s office. She did not immediately disclose whether or not the driver is currently facing any charges, though The Ithaca Voice is awaiting more information.