The 21-year-old man from West Yorkshire was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident after his silver Ford Focus collided with a tree on the B6162 Otley Road at around 12.15am on Friday 25 January 2013.
No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the collision.
Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, which occurred at the junction with the B616, or saw the Ford Focus prior to the incident, to contact them with information.
Unfortunately, this collision has resulted in the death of a young man and we need to establish exactly how the incident occurred.
Witnesses will be vital to our investigation and if you have any information that can help, I urge you to come forward as soon as possible.
Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Trevor Burton or email Trevor.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please quote reference number 12130013197 when passing information about this incident.