A one-car accident March 11 claimed the life of a Keene resident.
According to New York State Police, the accident took place at approximately 6:49 p.m., when a 2008 Toyota 4-Runner, operated by Michael W. Curran, 79, was traveling north on State Route 73. The vehicle ran off the west shoulder of the road, striking a New York State Electric and Gas utility pole. The vehicle then collided head on with a tree.
The Town of Keene Fire Department responded and conducted life-saving measures on Curran. Life-saving measures were ceased at the direction of medical staff at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Essex County Coroner Francis Whitelaw pronounced Curran deceased at 8:37 p.m. and transported Curran to the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
A female passenger in the vehicle, Jeanne L. Warner, 65, of New York City, was transported by ambulance to Elizabethtown Community Hospital. Warner was conscious and breathing with injuries to her arms and legs.
Troop B Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.