Pedestrian taken to hospital after he’s struck in downtown Ithaca crosswalk

A man struck by a car as he crossed the street Saturday evening was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries. Emergency responders from Ithaca Police Department, Ithaca Fire Department, and Bangs Ambulance were on the scene soon after the accident, which occurred at about 10:30pm Saturday.

Emergency responders at the scene of an accident Saturday night in which a pedestrian was hit. 14850 photo.

Emergency responders at the scene of an accident Saturday night in which a pedestrian was hit. 14850 photo.

Witnesses say the injured man was crossing East Seneca Street in the crosswalk on the west side of North Aurora Street when he was hit by a driver who turned left from Aurora onto Seneca without watching for pedestrians.

The driver reportedly left the scene, but returned after realizing he had hit a pedestrian.

We’re told the injured man was conscious at the scene, and was treated by Bangs Ambulance personnel before being transported to the hospital.

The 100 block of North Aurora Street was blocked off by police, and westbound traffic on Seneca Street was diverted onto the 200 block of North Aurora Street, while responders treated the pedestrian and investigated the collision. Police reopened the roads at about 10:52pm.

Update: Ithaca Police Department public information officer Jamie Williamson told us on Monday that “The operator of the vehicle was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian.”

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