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Police Identify Woman Killed on I-91 Southbound


LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — Investigators have identified the woman killed while she was on foot on Interstate 91 early Tuesday morning.

State Police spokesperson David Procopio says that around 2:30 a.m., troopers assigned to the Springfield barracks were called out for a report that a pedestrian has been struck by a tractor trailer on the southbound side of I-91, right near the Connecticut line in Longmeadow.

Procopio adds that the preliminary investigation shows that 22-year-old Shamonica Bates of Hartford, Conn. was an occupant of a 2006 Nissan Maxima, along with five other people from Connecticut.

“For reasons still under investigation, Ms. Bates exited the motor vehicle and was on foot in the path of the tractor-trailer. The truck struck her, causing fatal injuries,” Procopio explains in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

Several miles of I-91 were closed for some time while crews worked to investigate the collision and clear the scene. The lanes were reopened by 6:15 a.m.

The incident remains under investigation by Mass. State Police.

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  • my3boys

    i dont understand what he was doing walking on a major highway so sad it couldve been avoided they better not try to blame the trucker

    • proudirishgirl

      First: This was a female not a male.
      Second: Maybe she was kicked out of the vehicle she was in or some other problem.
      Third: You don’t know if the truck driver had any fault in this or not. He or she could have fallen asleep behind the wheel while driving.
      We were not there and should not judge this until ALL the facts are in.
      May God bless ALL who are involved!

      • HonestABElincoln

        Al right on the money proud. I hope you are a lawyer? LOL

  • crime

    6 welfare cases crammed in a maxima at 230am..illegal
    Walking on the highway..illegal
    Truck driver not at fault for idiots …..maybe they were car pooling on their way to work..lol