24-year-old Elmira man killed in car crash at Centertown Parking Garage

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – UPDATE 5/29/21 11:42 a.m.: The operator of the vehicle that was killed in this crash has been identified as 24 year old, Matthew A Leonard, of Elmira. 

The case remains under investigation.

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One person has died after a serious crash inside the Centertown Parking Garage in Elmira, according to the Elmira Police Department.

On Friday, May 28, 2021, at about 1:40 P.M. Elmira Police were called to the area of W Gray St at Railroad Ave for a report of an unknown injury motor vehicle crash where a 2004 BMW had collided with a wall inside the Centertown Parking Garage located at 101 W Gray St. 

Elmira Fire Dept personnel immediately began rendering aid to the sole occupant and driver of that vehicle.  The driver was immediately transported to a local hospital for care but was pronounced deceased upon arrival.

The preliminary investigation revealed that two Elmira Fire Dept personnel had come upon this BMW stopped in traffic on Railroad Ave and noticed the driver appeared to be unconscious at the wheel.  These Fire personnel approached to make contact with the operator as they were concerned the individual was experiencing a medical emergency.   As they approached the operator appeared to awaken suddenly and depressed the accelerator causing the vehicle to travel South at a high rate of speed on Railroad Ave.  The vehicle then crossed E Church St and continued on Railroad Ave, across W Gray St, entering the Center Town Garage where it impacted the wall. 

The identity of the victim in this crash will not be released at this time until proper notification to the family is able to be made.  The Elmira Police Department was assisted by the Elmira Fire Department and Erway Ambulance. Police say the investigation remains ongoing.

The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.


One person was taken by ambulance after a serious crash near the Centertown Parking Garage in Elmira.

According to our reporter at the scene, the car appeared to have collided with a pickup truck near Railroad Ave. The vehicle then crossed Gray Street before smashing into the back wall in the parking garage.

Erway Ambulance and the Elmira Fire Department responded to the scene where chest compressions appeared to have been used on someone in the car.

This is a developing story and 18 News will have more information as it becomes available.

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