CANANDAIGUA — Driving on County Road 8 Monday afternoon, retired Marine Jason Darling noticed an upside-down, damaged car off the west side of the road.

Neighbors ran out to help the injured woman inside the car, and as they called 911, Darling — a Canandaigua resident — attempted to apply first aid.

“If someone waited, she may have aspirated to death,” Darling said. “If I gave her a fighting chance, that’s all I wanted.”

According to New York State Police, the woman was driving south on County Road 8 in the town of Canandaigua — between Yerkes and Canandaigua-Farmington Townline roads — when she exited the west side of the road and landed upside down in a ditch. She was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, police said. Darling and other observers said she suffered facial, arm and leg injuries. The injuries appeared to be serious.

Police did not immediately release the name of the victim. The cause of the crash remained under investigation at press time.

Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette said fire crews arrived on the scene at 3:56 p.m., and the extraction took about 13 minutes.

Before the extraction, Darling and neighbors attempted to help.

“At first I couldn’t tell if anyone was in the car,” Darling said, adding that the woman’s black clothing blended in with the color of the interior of the car. “I shut off the vehicle … cleared her airway and tried to stabilize her until the firefighters arrived.”

County Road 8 resident Madeline Lee heard the sound of the crash from her home. She said there have been other crashes on this particular stretch of road before, including one last winter.

The Canandaigua Emergency Squad and Ontario County sheriff’s deputies also assisted at the scene.