Springfield man killed after police pursuit ends in crash

SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man is dead after a car chase with police led to a fatal crash on Rt 291 on Saturday morning, according to Massachusetts State Police.

A State Trooper spotted a suspect driving a gray 2008 Infiniti Sedan at speeds upwards of 100 mph, at approximately 2:45 a.m., according to David Procopio, spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police.

The suspect was later identified as Denzil Bell, 23, of Springfield.

The Trooper witnessed Bell headed east on Rt 291 near St. James Ave, and, after receiving authorization from Troop B headquarters, proceeded to attempt to catch up to him, according Procopio.

Several seconds into the pursuit, however, Bell attempted to take Exit 5A, at which point the Trooper communicated to Troop B that the suspect was exiting the highway.

Police soon discovered that Bell appeared to have crashed during his attempt to exit the highway.

Police found the Infiniti on its side on the on-ramp. Bell, who police believe was not wearing his seat belt at the time, had been ejected from the vehicle, and was pronounced dead after Troopers unsuccessfully attempted to administer first aid.

The crash seems to have occurred after Bell failed to navigate the turn onto the off-ramp, according to Procopio.

Procopio says it appears that Bell subsequently lost control of his vehicle and ran into a grassy infield situated between the off-ramp and on-ramp, at which point the Infiniti crashed into construction materials that had been stored in the area.

Police say the crash remains under investigation.