Suspect Dies in Car Crash After Fleeing Police

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — One person was killed following a two car crash that occurred in the intersection of Main Street and Berkshire Street in Holyoke Tuesday night.

The original call came around 8:00 p.m. for a two-car accident in that intersection.

Shortly before that, State Police attempted to stop a car for motor vehicle violations on I-391 Northbound near Exit 5.

State Police initially reported Tuesday night that a short pursuit was initiated.

However, State Police spokesperson David Procopio said Wednesday that “a formal pursuit” was not initiated “because of the compressed time period between the initial attempt to stop the vehicle and its exit from the highway.”

Procopio adds that the troopers ended the pursuit themselves, before official authorization from the Troop B headquarters in Northampton, “because they observed the suspect vehicle exit the highway almost immediately.”

A short time later, cruisers came upon a crash between the suspect vehicle and another car at the intersection of Main Street and Berkshire Street in Holyoke.

Two people were taken to the hospital where one later died.

The driver of the suspect car – a man believed to a 25-year-old man from Springfield – suffered fatal injuries. His identity is not being released at this time.

The condition of the other person is unknown at this time.

The incident remains under investigation by State Police.

Source: WGGB