Ithaca police chief credited with saving man’s life after crash

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Authorities say a New York police chief saved a man’s life after he was critically injured in a two-car crash.

State police say 54-year-old Robert P. Gelinas Jr., of Ithaca, was driving on Route 13 in the Tompkins County town of Ithaca around 2:40 p.m. Thursday when he cut in front of another car while making a left turn.

Troopers say Gelinas wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and suffered a serious head injury in the collision.

Troopers said the city of Ithaca Police Chief Pete Tyler was traveling in the area and stopped to help. Police say Tyler started life-saving measures before troopers and emergency crews arrived.

Gelinas was airlifted to a Syracuse hospital, where he’s in critical condition.

The other driver, a 24-year-old pregnant woman, was checked out a hospital as a precaution.

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