A 75-year-old Cooperstown man is dead after driving his car into Otsego Lake on Thursday. According to a Cooperstown Police press release, John W. Smirk drove down Fair Street in Cooperstown. then onto the boat ramp and into the water. An Otsego County Sheriff’s deputy along with a Cooperstown Police officer dove into the water getting Smirk out of the car and bringing him to shore where paramedics attempted to revive him. Both of the officers suffered minor injuries.
The cause of death is still under investigation.

John W. Smirk (Credit: AllOtsego.com)

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