Massachusetts Police Officer Dies in Crash in Stockbridge

A Massachusetts police officer has died in a single-car crash in Stockbridge.

Ryan Storti, a 25-year-old officer in Great Barrington, was off-duty when he crashed his truck around 2 a.m. Thursday.

According to Great Barrington Police and town officials, Storti lost control and hit a tree on the side of the road.

He was the only one in the vehicle at the time of the crash, authorities said.

“Officer Storti was a wonderful young man and police officer,” said Great Barrington Police Chief William Walsh. “He was everything we wanted in a police officer and was part of our future. We’re all struggling right now as we also try to support Ryan’s family. Please keep them all in your thoughts.”

Storti joined the department in March of 2014. He had recently graduated from the Western Massachusetts Police Academy.

“Officer Storti was a rising star for our police department. I am devastated to learn of his sudden death,” said Great Barrington Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin in a statement. “This is a tragedy and an enormous loss for the Police, our Town and the entire community.”

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Funeral arrangements for Storti are pending.

Source: NECN