Authorities identify Toms River woman killed in wrong-way crash in Massachusetts

AUBURN – A 66-year-old Toms River woman was killed in a wrong-way crash on Sunday morning here, authorities said.

The woman has been identified as Kathleen Borngesser, according to an Associated Press report. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Turnpike Barracks responded to a reported car driving east in the westbound lane of the Massachusetts Turnpike, said Tim Connolly, a spokesman for the Worcester District Attorney’s Office.

The turnpike was closed eastbound in an attempt to protect other drivers. Shortly after closing the road, police received a report of a multiple car crash near Exit 10 (I-290/I-395, Auburn), with one car on fire, Connolly said.

Dwayne Blackman, 33 of Leominser, MA is being charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, driving under the influence, negligent operation and speeding Connolly said.

Police say Blackman drove east at 80 miles per hour in the westbound lanes. Two cars swerved out of his way before he was involved in a crash with two other vehicles, according to the Associated Press.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that Blackman will be arraigned at a future date.

Blackman remains hospitalized at UMass Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. One other person was also transported to an area hospital, Connolly said.

Police told the Associated Press, Blackman’s license expired on his birthday last month.

Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section are assisting with the investigation, which is being led by troopers assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.