Wrong-way driver killed in Mass. crash

Several rescue crews called to Route 24 overnight

FALL RIVER – Massachusetts State Police are investigating a fatal car crash in Fall River.

Several crews were called to the scene of the three-car crash on Route 24 South around 11:40 p.m. Thursday. A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a 1999 Mazda 626, David Leonard, 34, of Fall River was driving the wrong side of the road. Police said he was driving north in the high-speed lane on the southbound side of Route 24.

Officials said two vehicles driving south were able to avoid the car, but a fourth car, a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Lindsey Mae Fleurent, 26, of New Bedford collided head-on with the Mazda. The crash pushed the Mazda into the guardrail and the Sonata flew into the right travel lane, which was then struck by a 2004 Dodge Ram pick-up truck operated by Ethan Anderson, 18, of Pembroke.

Leonard was rushed to Charlton Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Fleurent suffered minor injuries and Anderson was not hurt at all.

It’s unclear why Leonard was traveling on the wrong side of the highway. The investigation is on-going.

Traffic was backed up for several miles while police worked to clear the scene for about 2 1/2 hours.