ITHACA, N.Y.—State police are investigating a single car crash that took the life of an Ithaca College sophomore over the weekend.

Police were called to a report of a crash around 8 a.m. on Saturday morning in a “wooded area off Coddington Road in the Town of Ithaca.” Upon arrival, police found that “sometime in the morning hours of Sept. 10,” a car driven by Shea Colbert, 20, of Bridgewater, NJ had crashed in that location.

According to police, Colbert’s car “exited the roadway and struck multiple trees within the wooded area” while traveling southbound. Colbert was declared dead at the scene. There were no other occupants of the vehicle.

Bangs Ambulance, Ithaca Fire Department and the Tompkins County Medical Examiner helped the police on the scene. The investigation is ongoing, according to police.

“This is devastating news, and we ask that you please join us in holding Shea’s family, friends, classmates, professors, and everyone whose life he touched on campus in our prayers and in our hearts,” school officials wrote in a statement. “We will have an opportunity to come together as a campus community on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 5:00 p.m. in Muller Chapel to be with one another as we process the enormity of this loss. In the meantime, we ask that you continue to take care of yourselves and one another, and to keep Shea and his loved ones close to your heart.”

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at