SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Police are investigating a deadly motorcycle crash in Springfield.
The crash happened around 10:00 a.m. Thursday near the corner of Berkshire Avenue and Cottage Street.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney say that a motorcycle was traveling west on Cottage Street when a U-Haul truck took a left from Berkshire Avenue onto Cottage Street.
Delaney adds that the motorcyclist, who was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed, clipped the U-Haul, but the driver of the truck reportedly didn’t notice what happened and kept going.
The 24-year-old motorcyclist from Indian Orchard has died as a result of his injuries.
Rufus Kynard III was at his diner when the accident happened. “I heard the impact and I came right out, and I saw the motorcyclist on the ground right beside his motorcycle which looked to be totaled,” said Kynard.
The incidents is a stark reminder to those who frequent the area who say Berkshire Avenue is notorious for speeding and accidents, and want to see the city do something about it. “It can get a little dangerous. Pulling off from here and taking these lefts, these cars come down this road and ongoing traffic this way; it can get a little dangerous,” Darryl Hurst stated. “There’s been numerous accidents on this corner. There needs to be a light here, but this month has been really bad. There was like 3 or 4 in the month of September,” added Kynard.
In fact, the traffic issue on Cottage and Berkshire is one the city is well aware of, and now working to fix. “The DPW did their traffic study out here and determined that what needs to happen is that Cottage needs to be widened because people come up Cottage, go up Berkshire, and people will be able to take a right coming up Cottage to Berkshire, and people will also be able to take a left,” said City Councilor Bud Williams.
The street widening would also alleviate the traffic it causes on Cottage that neighbors say sometimes backs up to Smith and Wesson.
The DPW is still in the planning phase of the project they’d first mentioned in March.
Police are not releasing the name of the motorcyclist or the Uhaul driver just yet.
They also say they have not charged that driver yet.
The crash remains under investigation.