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Investigators Identify Pedestrian Killed on Boston Road

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Investigators have released the name of a woman who was killed when she was hit by a car earlier this week in Springfield.

Mass. State Police spokesperson David Procopio says that 55-year-old Zoraida Moctezuma of Springfield was killed Wednesday after she was hit by a car on Boston Road.

Procopio adds that the preliminary investigation indicates that a 66-year-old man from Springfield was driving a 2007 Ford Edge and was leaving Jiffy Lube near 1130 Boston Road, when he struck Moctezuma as he reportedly made a left turn onto Boston Road.

State Police say that evidence suggests that Moctezuma was on the sidewalk and was dragged a short distance before the driver realized what happened and stopped.

Moctezuma was transported to Baystate Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

The name of the driver has not been released.

While Springfield Police typically handle death investigations in the city, Procopio explains that “State Police are overseeing this investigation because of a familial relationship between a Springfield officer and one of the involved parties.”

The State Police took over as lead investigators in the incident at the request of the Hampden County District Attorney’s office.

The investigation into the collision remains active and ongoing.


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