A 21-year-old from the Hudson Valley, a former star athlete, died over the weekend.

On Friday around 11:20 a.m., the Town of Marlborough Police Department responded to Mt. Zion Road for a reported ATV accident. During a preliminary investigation, it was determined that 21-year-old Tanner Harshberger of Marlborough was operating a Can-Am side by side UTV and hit a Jeep heading in the opposite direction, police say.

Harshberger was pronounced dead at the scene. Harshberger was a graduate of Marlboro High School where he was a standout football player.

"Tan-Man as his friends referred to him had a true love for life and an infectious smile. A young man who lived his life to the fullest in less than a full lifetime was able to touch the hearts of so many. Tanner was fearless in everything he did whether it was racing his dirt bike or running down the football field to score that winning touchdown. He will never be forgotten by those who had the opportunity to know him and love him. Number 11 will forever be in our hearts," his obituary reads.

The driver of the Jeep, a 26-year-old woman from Marlborough, was taken to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital with what police describe is nonlife-threatening injuries.

The incident is still under investigation by the Town of Marlborough Police Department and the New York State Police. Assisting on the scene were Mobile Life Support Services and the Marlborough Fire District.

A funeral service for Harshberger will take place on Thursday morning at The DiDonato Funeral Service. Burial will immediately follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Marlboro, NY.

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