ITHACA, N.Y.—New York State Police are investigating a crash that occurred Thursday evening involving a car and two motorcycles that claimed the life of one of the motorcyclists.

The crash occurred on Millard Hill Road in Newfield around 9 p.m. Thursday. According to a press release from the state police, two motorcycles were traveling west on the road while a Subaru Forester was traveling east. Police said that one of the motorcyclists crossed into the opposite lane about a mile east of Short Lane and crashed into the Forester before colliding with the other motorcycle.

The first motorcyclist died after Newfield Fire Company and Bangs Ambulance workers attempted life-saving measures. He was identified as Wesley Demming, 26, of Newfield.

Both other drivers were taken to hospitals for their injuries. The 19-year-old driver of the Forester, a Newfield resident, was taken to Cayuga Medical Center for head injuries, and the other motorcyclist, a 30-year-old man also from Newfield, was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital. Conditions of the victims was not immediately disclosed.

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at