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Suspect Driver in Holyoke Fatal Chase, Crash Identified

HOLYOKE FATAL CRASHHOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) – The driver of a vehicle pursued by State Police who was killed in a two-car crash in Holyoke Tuesday night has been identified.

Danny Lugo, 25, from Springfield was operating a black Honda when he refused to stop for troopers on I-391 Northbound near Exit 5.

State Police initially reported that a short pursuit was initiated.

However, State Police spokesperson David Procopio said Wednesday that “a formal pursuit” was not initiated “because of the compressed time period between the initial attempt to stop the vehicle and its exit from the highway.”

Procopio adds that the troopers ended the pursuit themselves, before official authorization from the Troop B headquarters in Northampton, “because they observed the suspect vehicle exit the highway almost immediately.”

A short time later, cruisers came upon a crash between the suspect vehicle and another car at the intersection of Main Street and Berkshire Street in Holyoke. Lugo was determined to be deceased at the scene.

The man in the vehicle struck by Lugo was a 61-year-old Holyoke man. He remains in intensive care at Baystate Medical Center.

Following the crash, police discovered 45 clear glassine baggies containing a substance they believe to be heroin, and one plastic bag containing a substance believed to be cocaine, in Lugo’s vehicle. There was also more than $700 in cash. An additional $137 was found on Lugo. The items were recovered as evidence.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing and is being led by the Hampden County State Police Detective Unit, along with State police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit, State Police Crime Scene Services Unit, and Holyoke Police.

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  • The Realist

    Sorry to say, one less dirtbag on our streets selling dope. Good riddence, sorry he had to injure someone else on the way out….

    • purple

      He was some one’s sons. ..no one ever deserves to hear there family member was Talked about like that..lets hope someone in your family never has to go though this. Im sure you’ve never loved an addict right.there everywhere, Every race.Ill pray for your ignorance. A hope you learn and deal with your way of judging people before your judgment day…

      • Waawaaa

        He wasnt an addict ..but he made bad choices! however he was a product of circumstance !

    • CallingYouOut

      If you knew his life story you wouldnt be quick to judge! I DO NOT CONDONE THE DRUGS ..SELLING …OR HOW HE INJURED SOMEONE! BUT HE WAS NO DIRT BAG!! HE HAS FAMILY WHO LOVED HIM ..YOUR THE DIRTBAG !!

      • Realist

        Sounds like someone is a typical liberal hack. Selling hard drugs and supporting an industry that is violent makes you a dirtbag, and defending a dirt bag kinda makes you one too!

        • stillcallingyouout

          Alcohol makes people alcoholic so when you buy beer at the package store your supporting the industry …oh yeah right! You know man gets drunk ..drives drunk kills innocent people!!! EFFING CLUELESS REALIST!!!

  • Jon Frost

    Sorry… but you got it wrong again… Lugo was driving the White SUV!!!

    • Richard Orlick

      That made no sense from initial reports, how could a vehicle make a left turn on to Main and shortly thereafter get hit on the drives side like that?

  • jerry

    this person happens? if he knew that most addicts are white people. observed either in holyoke lights of the 91 and hig st always asking for money are white. and they are what make you look ugly holyoke

    • Kody61

      Huh ? This u weasel ? No comprende.

  • Kody61

    Who’s paying for funeral ? Who cares ? He was a good guy though. RIP

  • Richard Orlick

    It looked eerie this morning going by where this happened, paramedic gloves littered the area, small car part on the side of the road and a stained pavement gave hint on how horrific this was. Going back by this afternoon there was a small gathering erecting a small shrine with candles and flowers.

    • caligirlinmass

      Very sad indeed he recently met a younger sister whom was adopted at birth …so tragic for the family or any family at that just thinking about losing someone to a scene like that is eerie!

    • TBonePickens

      He almost killed a completely innocent civilian running from the police for what…40 something bags of heroin? That’s like 3 months probation. It’s a shame he died but come on. He’s being made a victim here. HE RAN FROM POLICE. HE CRASHED FLEEING.

      • Richard Orlick

        I was only reporting what I had personally seen and trying hard not to be judgmental of a dead person. However the sad commentary of this culture needs no further explanation, it has existed for too long, is a blight that affects everyone and everyone ought to know this by now. The real shame here is to have a City once named Queen of the Industrialized World reduced to a burnt rotting corpse, this is the true tragedy.

  • kimberly

    Spanish people are the drug dealers and white people are the drug addicts, i see this all the time in Holyoke you even see white people in almost every corner specially coming out of the highway or coming out of the mall asking for money to get the next fix smh

  • Amanda Fitty

    Shame on you… Who cares If he was a drug dealer… Doesn’t make his death okay… One how are you going to stop a pursuit … So if a cop is going to try an pull me over.. An I get off the highway… Their going to just cut the lights an say forget it?? It’s a shame that they are slandering his name saying their we’re drugs in the car… Who effing cares.. A son, brother… Friend, Loved one is taken away.. An why would it matter… He’s gone who would care …? An realist… You need to go else where with your honestie… People do have problems… It’s huge problem in this world right now an id hope if your loved ones had an addiction you’d stand right by their side… Shame on you to

    • Grandma Jean

      An addict does not carry 45 bags of heroin and hundreds in cash, let alone drive a nice car to run from the police in. No A DRUG DEALER does though. He is NOT the victim, the addicts he sells dope to are the victims, along with the innocent elderly man he almost killed. Did he deserve to die? No, but live by the sword die by the sword goes well here. He could have made an honest living regardless of what he may have been through in life. Many people have a bad childhood and don’t turn into felons.

      • Grandma Eunice

        Dopeheads are not victims …IF YOU DO DRUGS ITS BECAUSE YOU WANT TO !! IF YOU EAT FASTFOOD AND GET FAT ..ITS BECAUSE YOU WANTED IT ..NOONE CHOOSES FOR YOU!! WHO cares! How many bags were found ! DRUGSSS IN MASSACHUSETTS HAVE BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME WHETHER ITS CAPE COD OR SPRINGFIELD ! DONT BE QUICK TO TRASH THE DEAD GUY JUST BECAUSE YOU FEEL LIKE IT!

  • kims mom

    Maryrose sorry for your loss ..honey you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!!!

  • TBonePickens

    Big difference selling drugs and running from the police. Thank god he was the deceased and not the poor innocent citizen almost killed by this idiot acting selfish, inconsiderately, and wrecklessly. Hope for his recovery as he is a true victim of the dope trade.

  • anon

    Someone is dead, and another injured. Just because they found drugs in his car doesn’t give you people the right to bash him. And it’s not always the Spanish selling drugs and the white people buying them. Unbelievable how quick people are to judge someone else and talk ill of someone. Hard to believe how ignorance is taking over our society.

    • DBLOCK

      I agree. I only skimed through everything anyway what it all comes down to is unfourtunitly and sadley someone passed I could careless about the details to me none of that matters.my heart goes out to the family,friends and loved ones.may he rest in peace