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Driver Who Crashed in Westfield Following Pursuit Has Died

Police Lights Shattered Glass

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Police continue to investigate a fatal crash that occurred Thursday morning after a brief pursuit.

Hampden County District Attorney, Mark Mastroianni has confirmed for us that the driver, a male, died in the crash. However his identity is not being released at this time pending notification of his family.

Mass. State Police Media Relations tell ABC40 that just before 7:00 a.m. Thursday, a trooper assigned to the Russell barracks attempted to pull over a car on East Silver Street in Westfield.

The car didn’t stop, and that trooper began a brief pursuit, which State Police say was called off a short time later in the interest of public safety.

Then at 7:25 a.m., Westfield Police informed State Police that Southwick Police were involved in a pursuit with a car matching that of the car sought in the earlier traffic stop.

Ten minutes later, State Police add that Southwick Police reported that the car had crashed on Shaker Road in Westfield and the one person in the car had been ejected.

The State Police accident reconstruction team was called out to the scene following the crash.

The incident remains under investigation.


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  • cd

    All’s well that ends well.

    • Fredpiquette

      Really? Well lets all hope the next person killed in a pursuit is your child. Lets see how funny it is then. Sicko.

      • lilred042

        Let me guess, this was a wonderful law abiding citizen out for a nice drive in the park, NOT. Sucks huh, you run from the police and crash your car, your the dumb a$$ not the police. If the fool had stopped and pulled over my guess would be that this would have a different outcome. Oh and let me just say I am pretty sure NONE of my family members will ever be involved in a police chase. Sad, no matter what the police do they will always be blamed when some dumb punk make a bad choice.

        • Fredpiquette

          I love when a fool proves my point. You stated that you are PRETTY SURE nobody in your family would be involved in a pursuit like this. So you proved me right, that it can happen to you. Not quite as bright as you thought you were.

          • Fredpiquette

            As far as the chase goes, I can think of many reasons I would run from the cops and die, rather than have the scum catch me.

          • alpinequeen

            …brighter than you are…

      • REALLYFORREAL

        Really Fred? Did you think before you typed ANYTHING you wrote? You clearly stated to the readers (who are wasting their time reading your comments) how very IGNORANT you must be. I doubt the driver was delivering meals to the elderly that morning causing him to flee from multiple police departments. That moronic operator also jeopardized countless citizens on the streets, in who knows how many cities before being caught up to. Do you think he was truly innocent if he fled to begin with? OH BTW police are not the scum you make them out to be. They actually have job security because of the scum that prowl our streets. Common sense isn’t so common in your world.

        • Fredpiquette

          Anyone with any brains (you are not included) would run as fast as they could to get out of wastefield. Readers waste their time reading my posts? My gosh you are a nutjob. Get meds dumbell. They won’t make you smarter, but will hopefully put you to sleep so we don’t have to read your idiocy anymore.

      • alpinequeen

        You are rapidly accumulating a lot of bad Karma here.

        • Na2013

          Alpine was that reffered to me

          • alpinequeen

            The mechanics of this board leave a lot to be desired.

  • Na2013

    fred u a sicko

  • work4aliving

    So if this fool runs from the troopers, endangering the public, and the troopers called off the pursuit in the interest of public safety but notified other towns via BOLO, why did the locals give chase that again caused the runner to flee, again putting the public at risk? The cops (MSP, not Southwick) knew the chase wasn’t worth the risk. Obviously it wasn’t a kidnapping, violent crime suspect, or stolen car, otherwise the chase would have been warranted. MSP knew it. Southwick didn’t. Shame on them…not for the runner’s sake, but for the public safety. Thank God the runner didn’t take any else with him. Street justice prevailed. Society-1, runner-0.

    • Fredpiquette

      You make valid points about public safety. Almost NEVER do they physically call off pursuits. They simply say that on the radio so in the event of people getting killed and them sued, they can use that as evidence, but the pursuit is almost NEVER actually or physically stopped. I actually videotaped a chase in Westfield with scanner in the background, and watched the pursuit go by my house several times while the scanner was on, and as they (4 cruisers)were inches off his bumper at 60mph in downtown westfield, they claimed on the radio to have dropped the pursuit and were losing sight of him. Total lies. The video tape running in real time was in exact contradiction as to what is actually taking place outside. They lie about calling off pursuits, and it is purely a macho thing, since they were chasing this guy for a traffic violation only, and endangered thousands by doing so.

      • alpinequeen

        Is there a difference between physically and mentally calling off a pursuit? Police departments have specific rules for continuing and stopping a pursuit. 80% of pursuits end in capture of the suspect, 15% end in crashes, 11% get away and 9% end in the officer or the supervisor calling off the pursuit. And yes, those numbers do not add up to 100% so you figure it out. One anecdotal observation does not a valid point make.

        • Fredpiquette

          Anyone who would ask such a stupid question as “Is there a difference between physically and mentally calling off a pursuit?” is just too ignorant to grasp the answer.

          • alpinequeen

            You said something but said nothing. Par for the course.

          • alpinequeen

            I submitted statistics to prove you wrong and you still don’t get it.

          • alpinequeen

            All you can do is call people names. Why not keep to the topic at hand? Do research to back up your claims instead of telling emotional lies.

  • work4aliving

    Or, in simpler terms, you run, you die, hence this story. Darwin prevails.