According to a recent news article from the Daily Bulldog, a Massachusetts man was just killed in fatal car wreck. Authorities say the man refused to stop for an officer attempting to pull him over and fled the scene. Authorities found him later that night in a wrecked vehicle.
The 29-year-old man from Reading allegedly fled police and lost control of his 2004 Ford Escape, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and roll over. After it rolled over, the car collided with several trees and a wall made of rocks in the woods alongside the highway.
Police first noticed the vehicle when the driver was allegedly traveling at well in excess of the posted speed limit of 35 mph. An officer used his radar gun to clock the driver, who was allegedly driving at 54 mph. When the officer pulled onto the roadway to stop driver, the driver allegedly speed off. Officer attempted to pursue fleeing driver but lost sight of him. At this point, officer said he was traveling 96 mph in the 35 mph zone.
The officer said he could no longer see suspect at this point but continued driving in the same direction when he lost sight of him. There was another officer who had joined the pursuit, and this second officer was the one who spotted suspect’s car wrecked on the side of the road near the stone wall. The vehicle was far back in the woods, but its bright yellow color made it possible to see from the road.
When officers approached the vehicle, they found driver non-responsive, and he was later pronounced dead on the scene where he was found. Officers said he was wearing his seat belt, but the car suffered so much damage that he was killed. Fortunately, authorities do not believe anyone else was in the car with him at the time of this deadly crash.
Authorities have not released any information as to why he allegedly fled in his car when the officer attempted to pull him over for a speeding ticket. There was also no mention that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the deadly single-vehicle accident, but as our Boston car accident attorneys can explain, toxicology will be done as part of an autopsy performed by the state medical examiner. However, unlike television, or when the authorities are working on very high profile case, it normally takes months for results to come back from the Commonwealth’s toxicology lab. Until then, officers will proceed as if anything could be a possibility and conduct a full investigation.
It is important to note, there are a variety of ways an innocent pedestrian or other driver on the road could be injured as the result of a high-speed police chase. It is for this reason many police departments around the county now have a chase policy to radio ahead to stop the suspect instead of chasing him. Police have special tools and equipment to disable a vehicle that can be deployed in seconds upon their arrival. This can alleviate the need for officers to get involved in a dangerous car chase.
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Massachusetts man dies in car crash, August 31, 2015, Daily Bulldog, by Bobbie Hanstein
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