Suspect Driver in Holyoke Fatal Chase, Crash 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.