ELLICOTT – A City of Jamestown man was killed early Sunday morning after police said he crashed the car he was driving off the I-86 eastbound on-ramp at Jamestown’s exit 12.
New York State Police Captain Eric Balon says a preliminary investigation determined that Jeffrey Baker, 40, driving a 2003 Pontiac Vibe, was traveling at a high rate of speed when he exited the shoulder.
Police say the vehicle then traveled down an embankment, rolling and coming to rest on its side.
Balon says a passing motorist observed lights down the embankment and called it in at 5:06 a.m., however, there were no identified witnesses of the crash.
He says it appears that the vehicle was off the roadway for a while before it was discovered.
The Fluvanna Fire Department, Falconer Fire Department and Chautauqua County Emergency Services were dispatched to the scene just before 5:15 a.m. for a possible vehicle in the weeds near the Comfort Inn. The county coroner was later called to the scene as well.
Troopers say Baker was the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle and was still in his seatbelt when found by rescue crews.
Police said Baker did not have his ID on him, but was later identified.
His body was extricated from the vehicle and sent to the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.