June 16, 2013
Holyoke Police are investigating the cause of a 2 car accident that caused major damage today in the city.
It happened at the intersection of Maple and Cabot streets. Not only were 6 people transported to the hospital, the accident also brought down an overhead traffic light as well as a fire hydrant.
The jaws of life were called in to help retrieve some of those in the cars, but luckily none of the injuries sustained appear to be life threatening.
June 15, 2013
A 65-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair who police said was killed late Friday night in a hit-and-run accident in Somerset was known to townspeople and remembered as a kind person.
Police found James Moore of Somerset at 11:43 p.m., apparently knocked out of his wheelchair, lying on Read Street close to Southway Drive, about a quarter mile from his residence, police said in a statement released on Saturday.
Police Chief Joseph C. Ferreira described Moore as a “kind person who was well-known” in town and a regular attendee of police events.
“Just a couple of weeks ago, he drove his wheelchair to Town Meeting,” Ferreira said in the statement. “He sought me out and let me know that he purposely came to Town Meeting to support the police.”
Moore may have been trying to cross Read Street, according to a statement from Yasmina Serdakevic, spokeswoman for the Bristol County District Attorney.
The car that allegedly hit the man fled, according to police. Authorities in the southeast Massachusetts town are looking for a gray car with damage to the right front end and right headlight. Investigators believe the car is a Toyota Avalon manufactured between 1997 and 1999, according to the district attorney’s office.
Moore was pronounced dead at 12:55 a.m. Saturday at Fall River’s Charlton Memorial Hospital, the police statement said.
Donald P. Setters Jr., chairman of the Somerset Board of Selectmen, said Moore was known around town as a perseverant man who lived an active life despite the challenges presented by a handicap that required him to use a motorized wheelchair.
“I really admired him for that,” Setters said in a phone interview Saturday. “He wanted to live a normal life as much as possible.”
Setters said Moore was a common sight around town as he traveled from place to place.
“Even if you didn’t know him by name, you knew him,” Setters said.
June 13, 2013
A Salem man suffered a serious leg injury after he got pinned between his motorcycle and a jeep on Wednesday, police said today.
Mark A. Hereley, 57, was flown to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston after the 9:25 p.m. crash at the intersection of Main and West Plain streets.
The driver of the Jeep Cherokee, Thomas Hull, 26, of Burlington, Vt., was not injured.
Police said both the motorcycle and Jeep were stopped at the red light on Main Street on West Plain Street. When the light turned green, the motorcycle went straight as the Jeep turned left onto West Plain Street, police said. The motorcycle crashed into the side of the Jeep.
When police and fire arrived, Hereley was trapped between the motorcycle and Jeep. Due to the severity of his leg injury, police said they called for a medical rescue helicopter.
Hereley’s condition is not known. A hospital has not returned calls seeking the condition.
The accident remains under investigation, police. No one has been charged or cited.
June 12, 2013
A Woonsocket, R.I., man was killed Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a car on Rte. 16, police said.
Danvirgil Zamfir, 56, was stuck and killed by a car driven by Sarah Chandler, 18, of Franklin.
The accident was reported at 12:22 p.m., and police closed the road at Hartford Avenue West and the Uxbridge town line for a time.
Police and Fire Chief Ernest Horn said the man was walking on the side of the road – alongside his truck toward his boat – when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle.
Horn said Chandler was driving the vehicle.
“The girl told us she was not familiar with the area, and looked down to adjust her GPS,” he said.
According to Horn, Mendon paramedics arrived on the scene and worked on Zamfir. He said a Lifeflight helicopter was called, and the man was taken to the helicopter landing zone.
“The Lifeflight doctor made a decision at the scene to divert him directly by ground to Milford (Regional Medical Center),” he said. “Thirty minutes later, he was pronounced deceased.”
Horn said Chandler would be facing charges of vehicular homicide, driving to endanger, impeded operation and failure to stay in marked lanes. Chandler, he said, was not arrested, and will be summoned to court at a future date.
Horn said Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council personnel were on the scene, investigating the crash.
Police say one man has died and a second has been sent to a hospital after their car struck a tree in Southborough.
Chief Jane Moran identified the man who died in the crash just before 9 p.m. Tuesday as 23-year-old Ariel Medina-Vaca.
Moran tells The MetroWest Daily News (http://bit.ly/13XGapw ) that 26-year-old Andres Juarez was taken to the intensive care unit at UMass-Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
Both men are Framingham residents.
Moran says it’s unclear why their vehicle left the road and it’s not yet known who was driving or whether the men were wearing seat belts.
The crash remains under investigation.
June 10, 2013
A 53-year-old New Bedford woman was killed Sunday after the van she was riding in with seven other people crashed in a single-car rollover on Interstate 195 in Mattapoisett, according to the Massachusetts State Police.
Jeanett Reed, a passenger in the 1995 Dodge Caravan, was pronounced dead by authorities following the crash, which happened on I-195 East near Exit 19 around 12:30 p.m. Police say the van’s driver, a 40-year-old woman from Florida, was taken by helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.
The conditions of the van’s other occupants, which included a 13-year-old and 17-year-old, were not released. However, State Police said three people were initially trapped inside the van after the crash.
Other van occupants ranged in age from 31 to 75, and lived in either New Bedford or Fall River, authorities said.
State Police said policy prohibits them from releasing the relationships of the occupants.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.
June 7, 2013
A four-car collision at the intersection of Route 62 and Interstate 93 reportedly sent two to the hospital.
The crash, which happened on Friday at 5:32 p.m., occurred when a vehicle exiting the highway collided with one traveling along Route 62. That accident sent one of the vehicles into oncoming traffic, which caused another collision. Immediately behind this final vehicle was a motorcyclist. He ended up hitting the others.
The operator of the motorcycle, Ronald Gray, 41, was taken via med-flight to Massachusetts General Hospital. His injuries are reportedly non-life threatening, but severe.
Another party, also with non-life threatening injuries, was transported by ambulance to Winchester Hospital.
Tewksbury and North Reading Police assisted with traffic control.
According to Lt. Dan Murray of the Wilmington Police Department, the crash is being investigated by the Accident Reconstruction Unit of the Massachusetts State Police.
June 6, 2013
June 4, 2013
Police are investigating a crash between a car and cyclist Saturday on Main Street that seriously injured a Southborough man, Lt. Sean James said.
John Kutch, 52, was still at UMass Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon, a hospital worker confirmed. The worker said he could not provide Kutch’s status.
James said Kutch sustained serious upper body injuries following a crash that happened at about 4 p.m. Saturday.
Kutch was biking eastbound on Main Street approaching Middle Road when he was hit by a 2007 Pontiac sedan taking a left turn onto Middle Road, James said.
Kutch hit the front of the car and was thrown onto the windshield before landing on the ground, James said. He was wearing a helmet, James said.
The car was driven by 25-year-old Southborough man, James said. The man did not show any signs of being impaired, he said.
James said police have at least one witness to the crash and are still investigating to determine whether charges will be filed.
James said that because of the nature of the injuries, an accident reconstruction team from the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council was called to assist in the investigation.
Kutch was conscious at the scene of the crash, James said, and was taken to UMass Memorial in Worcester via ambulance.
June 3, 2013
A passager on a motorcycle that crashed on Route 95 in Newton Sunday has died from her injuries.
The accident took place around 7:20 p.m. Sunday northbound at Exit 21, State Police report. They have not yet released the name of the victim.
Troopers from the State Police Barracks in Framingham responded to the scene. Both the driver and the passenger suffered serious injuries and were transported by ambulance to Beth Israel Hospital for treatment.
All of the northbound lanes of travel were closed for approximately 30 minutes to allow for emergency workers to respond and work the scene. Members of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Team (CARS) and Crime Scene Service Section (CSSS) are also on scene Sunday evening.
Newton Police and Fire Departments and representatives from Mass DOT assisted the State Police.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash, police say.
The condition of the motorcycle operator is still unknown Monday morning.
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