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October 17, 2014

Rindge woman flown to Massachusetts hospital after crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 8:23 am

RINDGE — As of Friday afternoon, a Rindge woman is still recovering from a Thursday night single-vehicle crash, serious enough that she was transported to a Massachusetts hospital.

Kim Wheeler of Rindge, 43, was driving a 2012 Honda Civic north on Cathedral Road in the vicinity of Annett State Park, when her vehicle went off-road, head-on into a tree, according to Rindge police. Police said a call came in at 10:11 p.m. and, according to police reports, no roads were closed.

Wheeler was first transported to Monadnock Community Hospital. However, the accident victim’s injuries proved serious enough that she was eventually flown to UMass Medical Center in Worcester. As of Friday morning, she was in stable condition.

An investigation is ongoing about the cause of the accident and will not be substantially forwarded until Wheeler is released from the hospital, police said. The officer added the vehicle was “most likely totaled” in the accident, and it is unclear as of Friday afternoon whether or not it was totaled.

Source: Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

October 15, 2014

Waltham Pedestrian Killed, Driver Arrested

Filed under: Law,Personal injury — Local News @ 8:28 am

An elderly man was killed Wednesday morning after being struck by a car in Waltham.

Dorazil Vitezslav, 82, of Waltham, was struck on Forest Street near the entrance to Bentley College. He was flown to Boston Medical Center but later died from his injuries, according to Waltham police.

The driver, James Keating, 33, also of Waltham, has been charged with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of drugs.


Wild Chase Ends In Two Arrests, Cruiser Crash

Filed under: Law,Personal injury — Local News @ 8:26 am

CHICOPEE, Mass (WGGB) — One police officer was hurt, two cruisers are heavily damaged, and two people are in custody as part of a wild evening chase through Chicopee. Police say narcotics detectives were trying to stop a woman who they believed had an outstanding warrant near Ray Ashe Park around 5PM Wednesday. Instead of complying, she jumped into the passenger seat of a nearby car.

“The operator of that vehicle then attempted to run over one of our narcotics officers,” Public Information Officer Michael Wilk said.

The chase began from there, criss-crossing through major city streets. The driver allegedly hit another one innocent bystander’s car and also just missed striking passerby Gary King’s vehicle.

“He was zig-zagging by the Shell Station near East Main and he came back out on Broadway and then he just took the straightaway and he was flying,” he said.

Smoking car and all, the driver continued up Broadway Avenue and cut off an ABC40 crew as he wrecklessly pulled from Broadway Avenue onto Smith Street.

“I thought ‘Oh my God’ what’s going on?” one witness said.

That street is a dead end, so ABC40 watched the driver run across the street into several yards. As for the woman in the passenger seat who the incident originally began with:

“She couldn’t get out of that car fast enough,” one witness said. “I don’t think it was even all the way stopped.”

She was arrested by officers and so was the driver in an adjacaent neighborhood. As the chase ended, two Chicopee cruisers crashed on Broadway Avenue. One officer suffered minor injuries.

At rush hour with many kids out of school on a warm afternoon, witnesses say the driver put many people in danger.

“I have my daughter here, she’s nine years old,” King said. “Couple other kids live across the street. I mean if he lost control it would just be awful.”

Chicopee Police stress public safety is the main priority in chases. They had officers working to clear streets and intersections during the incident.

“Pursuits are always dangerous and in a case like this when you have someone who attempts to run down an officer you don’t know what else they are capable of,” Wilk said.

The woman will face at least her warrant charges. The driver is facing several felonies and charges include assault and battery on an officer, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and others. The names of the suspects will be released Thursday.

The civilian driver he hit suffered minor injuries.

Source: WGGB

October 13, 2014

Woman Killed in Early Morning Route 128 Crash in Woburn

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 8:24 am

A woman was killed Monday morning when the SUV she was driving went off the road and struck a parked construction vehicle, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The accident happened at approximately 5:15 a.m. on the ramp from Route 128 South to Route 38 in Woburn.

According to police, the driver of the 2006 Toyota RAV4, a 37-year-old Lowell woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said she was the vehicle’s only occupant.

Her name has not been released.

The accident is under investigation.


October 12, 2014

Motorcyclist Killed On I-495 In Wrentham

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:11 pm

WRENTHAM (CBS) — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving another car on I-495 in Wrentham Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The crash occurred prior to exit 15 on the northbound side of the highway, Massachusetts State Police said. Authorities pronounced the operator of the motorcycle dead at the scene. The driver of the car was not injured.

Parts of I-495 were closed for about two-and-a-half hours after the crash, which is under investigation.

Source: CBS

Car Destroyed in Hingham Wreck

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:05 pm

A driver was ejected from her vehicle and seriously injured Saturday evening after a two-car crash in Hingham.

Police said they found the driver of a 2007 Toyota Yaris suffering from life-threatening injuries on the sidewalk near the scene of the collision near the intersection of Rockland and Kirby Streets. She was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Two occupants of the second vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado, suffered non-life threatening injuries. Both declined to be transported to a hospital.

Authorities said preliminary evidence suggested that the Toyota was making a left turn when the two cars struck.

None of the passengers were wearing seat belts.


Motorcyclist killed in accident on Interstate 495 in Wrentham

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 8:27 am

WRENTHAM – A motorcyclist was killed in a Sunday afternoon accident with a car onInterstate-495.

The accident happened at about 1:55 p.m. when the 1999 YZFRI motorcycle and a 2001 Buick sedan collide in the area of Exit 15,Massachusette State Police officials said.

When troopers responded they determined the motorcycle operator had died at the scene. The driver of the car was not injured, police said.

Names of the motorcyclist and the driver of the car are being withheld until family can be notified and the investigation is complete, police said.

Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crimes Scene Service Section, Troop H investigators and troopers assigned to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office along with the Wrentham Fire Department and EMS all responded to the scene and are assisting in the accident investigation.

The right travel lane and the breakdown lane of I-495 northbound in the area of Exit 15 were closed for more than two hours after the crash. They have since been reopened.


October 11, 2014

Four Car Accident on Hancock Street in Springfield

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:08 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Police responded to a four-car accident at the corner of Hancock and Taylor Streets Saturday afternoon.

The accident was reported around 1:30 p.m. Crews closed down the area to traffic while they worked to clear the scene.

According to the Springfield Traffic Bureau, at least two people were believed to have been sent to the hospital for injuries, none of which were life-threatening.

No word yet on what caused the crash. One person may have been driving without a license.

All lanes were reopened shortly after.

Source: WGGB

October 6, 2014

Man Pulled from Car Driven into Conn. River Has Died

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:09 pm

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — A man who drove a car into the Connecticut River in Holyoke over the weekend has died.

Around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, emergency crews were called to the area of Jones Ferry Marina in Holyoke after a man drove his vehicle into the river in what Holyoke Fire Capt. Anthony Cerruti described as a suicide attempt.

“Crews responded and they found one of the passengers of the vehicle being escorted up the ramp by a witness to the scene,” says Cerruti.

Upon arrival, the driver was still inside.

The State Police Air Wing and other town departments joined to search for the car and the driver.

They looked to see if the driver was treading water or on land, but they had to wait for trained rescue divers before going under the water and into the vehicle.

“About an hour and a half into the incident a couple of state police divers showed up,” Cerruti says.

“We put a trooper in our boat from the dive time, they positioned themselves above the car from the boat right on top of it,” says Dennis Leger, spokesperson for the Springfield Fire Department.

“There was still someone in the vehicle and they were entrapped or entangled he had to get another trooper to free him up,” Leger adds.

The driver, whose identity has not been released, was located by divers from the Mass. State Police inside the car a few hours later. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center where Cerruti says he was pronounced dead around 9:15 p.m. Sunday.

Also inside the car at the time of the incident was a female passenger. Cerruti notes that she was able to get out safely when the car went into the water.

The incident remains under investigation.

Source: WGGB

Massachusetts man crashes OHRV in Berlin Sunday

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:06 pm

A Massachusetts man is recovering tonight after crashing his off-highway recreational vehicle in Berlin Sunday afternoon.

New Hampshire Fish and Game, Berlin Fire Department, and Berlin EMS responded to Jericho State Park at approximately 4:20 p.m.

Fish and Game conservation officers say Kevin Tavares of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, crashed his OHRV on Toby’s Trail after driving down a steep hill and hitting a rock.

The 24-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Berlin Fire Department transported Tavares to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, where he was treated for his injuries.

Tavares was wearing a helmet and eye protection at the time. There were no other injuries in the single-vehicle crash.

Source: WMUR

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