Ithaca police say alcohol and lack of seatbelt contributed to fatal crash

The Ithaca Police Department have identified the man who died in an early-morning crash on Memorial Day, and say both “alcohol consumption” and “failure to use seatbelt” were contributing factors.

Police and emergency responders were called to the scene in the 1000 block of East State Street at 2:40am on Monday. Responders found “an unresponsive man in the driver’s seat” of the vehicle, and he “was removed from the vehicle with the assistance of additional emergency services.” The crash victim was “transported to the Cayuga Medical Center and did not survive,” according to IPD.

IPD says the man was 29-year-old Larry Chap from Willseyville, New York. They say the department’s crash reconstruction team concluded that he was the sole occupant of the vehicle, which was traveling east on East State Street (Route 79 towards Slaterville), and the vehicle “crossed the center line and struck a tree on the opposite side of the roadway.”

According to an IPD statement on Tuesday morning, “contributing factors in the crash have been determined to be alcohol consumption, failure to maintain lane, failure to use headlights, and failure to use seatbelt.”

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