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April 18, 2015

Emergency Crews Respond to Two-Car Crash in Holyoke

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:31 pm

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Emergency crews responded to a two-car crash in Holyoke on Saturday afternoon.

It happened at the corner of Elm and Cabot Streets just after 12 p.m.

ABC40 was first on scene. Our crews reported seeing an SUV on its side and a silver sedan that had just hit a cement light pole, which had fallen over.

A woman was seen being removed from the SUV by witnesses before police and other emergency crews had arrived. The driver of the sedan was already out of his vehicle.

Officials have not yet confirmed the extent of any injuries or what caused the crash. Witnesses told our crews that they saw the sedan driving up Elm St. towards Cabot St. when it struck the SUV, which was driving up Cabot St.

ABC40 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Source: WGGB

April 16, 2015

6 Injured in 5-Vehicle Crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:29 pm

Six people were injured in a five-vehicle crash Thursday in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Officials believe a driver who had an apparent medical problem lost control of his car, crashing into two cars at the corner of Route 37 and Foster Road, sending one through a fence and requiring another to be cut apart using the Jaws of Life to free the driver.

Then the driver with the medical issue continued, hitting two more cars at the corner of Plymouth Avenue.

“[I heard] three bangs and then the squeaking of tires behind my house,” said Lauren Martin.

“My daughter called and said she heard a screech and a bang,” said Scott Martin. “Growing up here, we used to hear it all the time. We used to call this ‘Dead Man’s Curve’ because of all the accidents.”

“This is called ‘Dead Man’s Curve.’ I grew up here,” said Kathy Dobrowolski.

The stretch of Route 37 has gotten that regrettable nickname over the years due to the number of crashes there, including fatalities.

Kathy Dobrowolski and her son, Josh, ran out of their home to help.

“The older gentleman that had the health issues was trapped in the car and the car was smoking. The two girls that were in the car, they were sisters. They were sitting on the side of the road and they were pretty banged up,” Kathy said.

“My mom and I we went over there and we sat with them until the ambulance came over,” Josh said.

This crash today may have been due to a medical problem, but neighbors say scenes like this are far too common.

“It’s just people flying. I walk, I see texting on phones constantly up and down this road. It’s just a very, very busy road. I’m not sure what they can do, but they need to do something,” Kathy added.

Six people from the five cars were all taken to South Shore Hospital. None of the patients’ injuries are considered life-threatening.

Source: NECN

1 Man Killed, 1 Injured in Crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:26 pm

One man was killed and another seriously injured in a crash Wednesday evening in Wareham, Massachusetts.

Police say 24-year-old Timothy S. Melchor II of Cotuit was pronounced dead at the scene after a 2008 GMC Savanah rolled over on Route 25 eastbound. A 20-year-old Wareham man was airlifted to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries.

Both men were ejected and police do not yet know which was driving.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. No charges have been filed.

The victims’ identities have not yet been released.

Source: NECN

April 14, 2015

Wachusett High senior dies in fiery crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:25 pm

HOLDEN — A Wachusett Regional High School senior from Rutland was killed Tuesday when the car he was driving crashed into trees and caught fire near Millbrook Street and Muschopauge Road.

According to Timothy J. Connolly, spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., Luke Inwood, 17, of 1 Haven Hill Road, Rutland, had left school early and was driving on Millbrook Street around 12:10 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and struck several trees on the side of the road. The car caught fire, Mr. Connolly said.

Mr. Inwood, an accomplished online gamer, was pronounced dead at the scene, Mr. Connolly said.

There were no other vehicles involved, and Mr. Inwood was alone in his vehicle. The cause of the crash is under investigation, Mr. Connolly said. Investigators are looking at speed as one of the factors in the crash, he said.

In Mr. Inwood’s hometown Tuesday night, candles lighted up the middle of an empty field at Memorial Park about 9:30. Off to the side, a smaller fire burned, and around it stood several friends of Mr. Inwood.

As they walked back over to the candles, some laughed, and some talked. They said they were fellow students at Wachusett.

“Everybody knows he was the heart of Rutland,” said Justin Goodney of Rutland, who said he has known Mr. Inwood since fourth grade.

Mr. Goodney said what started as a few Twitter postings about a vigil Tuesday night turned into hundreds of people, including Mr. Inwood’s mother, showing up to pay their respects.

“She was so strong, she spoke to the group,” Mr. Goodney said afterward.

Mr. Goodney and others said Mr. Inwood was well-liked and had a great sense of humor.

“He wasn’t always the easiest to get along with, but he was good-hearted,” Mr. Goodney said.

His friends said he had varied interests and was already dabbling in the stock market. He had a younger brother, Mr. Goodney said, and lived with both his parents.

Mr. Goodney said the last time he spoke with Mr. Inwood was around 11 a.m. Tuesday, before he left.

His friends said he was an accomplished online gamer, and had traveled the country competing in tournaments.

But back home, he was known as one of the neighborhood kids who spent most of his summers playing hoops at the nearby Uptown Courts.

The group was already brainstorming Tuesday night how they could memorialize their friend in a more permanent way. One of the group said a three-on-three charity basketball tournament might work; another proposed raising money to fix up the basketball courts that Mr. Inwood spent so much time on and to have them named in his memory.

The group picked up the candles and started bringing them back to the far corner of the field. They were still amazed at the turnout for the vigil.

“Everyone just stood here for half an hour and nobody said a word,” Mr. Goodney said. “It was totally silent.”

News of Luke Inwood’s death also spread quickly through the gaming community among those who remembered “Froggir_eX” — his online handle. He was skilled at playing “Call of Duty” games, they said.

International Business Times had news of the death on its website and said Mr. Inwood had played professionally for the eXcellence Gaming team.

Some friends quickly designed and began selling shirts bearing a photograph of Mr. Inwood, while others took to the online fundraising site gofundme.com. Both efforts were created to raise money for Mr. Inwood’s family.

Hours after the accident, #RIPLukeInwood was trending on Twitter in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom as gamers, friends and strangers offered condolences.

Staff reporter Kim Ring contributed to this report.

Source: telegram.com

April 12, 2015

Canton Man Dies in Fatal Car Crash on Bay Road

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:28 pm

A Canton man has died after a serious car crash on Bay Road early Sunday morning.

At around 5 a.m., a pickup truck traveling north on Bay Road went off the road, hit a tree; telephone pole; and a guardrail before rolling over.

When police and fire crews arrived to the scene, they discovered the truck on its roof.

The only occupant of the vehicle was Vincent Saquet, 29. Police needed the jaws of life to remove Saquet from the truck. He was med-flighted to Boston Medical Center with serious injuries. He later died from his injuries according to Police Chief Allen Krajcik.

The Massachusetts State Police accident reconstruction team assisted with the investigation.

The incident was not the only one to hit Easton during the early hours.

Earlier in the evening at around 12:36 a.m., police received a call regarding a possible drunk driver on Depot Street. The vehicle was allegedly traveling at an excessive rate of speed and swerving into oncoming traffic. Officers located the vehicle and stopped the operator near Center School on Depot Street. The operator, Katlyn McDonald, age 29, of Milford, CT, was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol.

At 12:51 a.m., police and fire responded to a crash near 250 Foundry Street. A Mazda struck and snapped a telephone pole. The operator fled the scene prior to officers arrival. The owner of the vehicle later called the police stating that her car had been stolen from the Knights of Columbus in Easton. Foundry Street had to be closed for several hours.

Source: Patch.com

Man Dies in Fatal Car Crash on Bay Road

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 7:36 pm

A Canton man has died after a serious car crash on Bay Road early Sunday morning.

At around 5 a.m., a pickup truck traveling north on Bay Road went off the road, hit a tree; telephone pole; and a guardrail before rolling over.

When police and fire crews arrived to the scene, they discovered the truck on its roof.

The only occupant of the vehicle was Vincent Saquet, 29. Police needed the jaws of life to remove Saquet from the truck. He was med-flighted to Boston Medical Center with serious injuries. He later died from his injuries according to Police Chief Allen Krajcik.

The Massachusetts State Police accident reconstruction team assisted with the investigation.

The incident was not the only one to hit Easton during the early hours.

Earlier in the evening at around 12:36 a.m., police received a call regarding a possible drunk driver on Depot Street. The vehicle was allegedly traveling at an excessive rate of speed and swerving into oncoming traffic. Officers located the vehicle and stopped the operator near Center School on Depot Street. The operator, Katlyn McDonald, age 29, of Milford, CT, was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol.

At 12:51 a.m., police and fire responded to a crash near 250 Foundry Street. A Mazda struck and snapped a telephone pole. The operator fled the scene prior to officers arrival. The owner of the vehicle later called the police stating that her car had been stolen from the Knights of Columbus in Easton. Foundry Street had to be closed for several hours.

Source: Patch.com

April 10, 2015

Motorcyclist Hurt in Crash in Palmer

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 7:37 pm

Police have responded to a crash involving a car and a motorcycle Saturday afternoon.PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) — A man was seriously injured after a crash involving a car and a motorcycle in Palmer.

Police responded to the crash in the area of 1519 North Main Street on Saturday afternoon.

The motorcycle operator was heading westbound when it collided with a Toyota Camry that was attempting to turn into a Friendly’s parking lot.

The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and seriously injured his left leg. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center for treatment and was later reported to be in stable condition.

The driver of the Camry was cited for failure to yield to right of way.

Source: WGGB

Firefighter With Department for 43 Years Killed Truck Crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 7:36 pm

A veteran firefighter was killed in a truck crash Friday in Plympton, Massachusetts.

Bruce Wood was a member of the Halifax Fire Department for 43 years when his truck and another collided head-on.

Police say the two trucks crashed on Route 58 around 2:24 p.m.

Authorities say a preliminary investigation points to the truck traveling northbound drifting into oncoming traffic, hitting the truck driving southbound.

Plympton police say the driver of the truck going northbound was taken to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth with serious injuries.

Wood, who was driving the other truck, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation is ongoing.

Source: NECN

April 7, 2015

Two Officers Injured in Crash While Pursuing Driver

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 7:38 pm

SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — Two Springfield Police officers were injured early Tuesday, when their cruiser crashed into a large van on an on-ramp in Springfield.

More than a dozen Springfield and State Police cruisers are on the scene of the crash that shut down an on-ramp to I-91 South and Route 5 in Springfield. That on-ramp has since reopened.

Springfield Police say their officers were hoping to detain a driver who claimed to be suicidal, when that driver crashed his van into a guardrail. The officers’ cruiser then ran into the back of that van.

The driver and two police officers are being treated for their injuries. None of them are considered to be serious.

The call about that driver was initially put out by police in Suffield, Connecticut, who were hoping that one of the Western Mass departments could detain him.

Springfield Police say that man is being treated, but emphasized that he is not a suspect.

Source: WGGB

April 6, 2015

2 killed in wrong-way crash in Providence, driver charged

Filed under: Criminal,Personal injury — Local News @ 7:34 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. —A Massachusetts man was drunk and driving the wrong way when he killed two people in a crash on a Providence highway early Sunday, Rhode Island State Police said.

State police said 24-year-old Joel Norman of Webster was charged with drunken driving resulting in death, and driving to endanger resulting in death.

The crash occurred on Route 6 shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday near Toby Street in Providence.

Police identified the victims as 21-year-old Tiffany Sical of Providence, the driver of the car struck by Norman’s vehicle, and her passenger, 23-year-old Bryan Rodriguez-Solis of Central Falls.

“I hope there is justice for my cousin and his girlfriend. I hope he gets more than five years in jail,” said Jennifer Rodriguez.

Family members say they had a 6-year-old daughter, Jaylene, and planned to marry in September.

“What is she going to do? Even though she will be OK with family, she needs her parents, her mom and her dad,” Rodriguez said.

“(Jaylene) kept asking for her parents,” said Rodriguez-Solis’s sister, Jehieli Rodriguez. “We told her they will be coming soon.”

Norman was held on $100,000 bail.

Norman has been deemed an immediate threat and his license has been revoked, according to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Source: WCVB

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