A 16-year-old boy has died after being struck by a driver who fled early Saturday morning in Springfield, Massachusetts, then being run over and dragged by another driver.
Police responded just after 2:30 a.m. to the intersection of St. James Avenue and Montclair Street. One driver had stopped in the middle of the road to avoid hitting the victim, who was already on the ground. Another driver, a 41-year-old Chicopee woman, went around that vehicle and struck the boy without seeing him.
The victim, identified as a Springfield resident, was dragged about 300 feet.
When the driver realized she had hit the boy, she stopped and got help lifting her car with a jack to free him. He was taken by EMTs to Baystate Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
According to Springfield Police, the driver who dragged the boy was shaken, but cooperated with the investigation. She has not been charged, but police are looking for the driver of the car that hit him earlier and fled.
Police are also searching for three males between 16 and 20 who, according to witnesses, were on the scene and ran away after the second crash.
“It is possible that the victim ended up in the street as a result of some type of activity with these other males,” Springfield Police said in a press release.
Police found the victim’s sneaker on the scene, along with a bicycle that may have belonged to him.
The victim’s identity will not be released until Monday morning, according to police.
Anyone with information about the driver who caused the crash or the males who allegedly fled the scene is asked to call Springfield Police.