CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) – State Police have identified the man killed after he allegedly fled from a traffic stop Wednesday morning.
Just before 12:30 Wednesday morning, a trooper observed a GMC Envoy speeding along I-391 South.
State Police spokesperson David Procopio says that that trooper activated his lights to pull the dribver over.
The SUV slowed down, continued down the off-ramp at Exit 2, and stopped.
As the trooper started walking toward the SUV, the driver, identified by State Police as 20-year-old Jackson Rosario of Springfield, allegedly fled.
The trooper jumped back into his cruiser and started to pursue Rosario, but lost sight of him after he crossed the street at the bottom of Exit 2 and went back up onto I-391.
Procopio adds that the trooper continued following Rosario’s direction of travel at 60 miles per hour.
As the cruiser came up upon Exit 3 northbound, the trooper saw a bloom of smoke after the SUV had rolled over.
Rosario was ejected from the SUV and was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Procopio notes that it appears that Rosario only had a learner’s permit. A replica handgun and a large amount of cash was found inside the vehicle.
The pursuit, which State Police say lasted less than a minute, is being reviewed by a committee of high-ranking officer, Procopio says.