Victim Identified in Fatal Crash in Springfield
UPDATE: The victim of last night’s fatal crash has been identified as William Docherty, 54 of Springfield. No further information is available. Please do not call the barracks directly for media inquiries.
State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Springfield
September 10, 2017
Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 09102017 – State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Springfield
Tonight at about 8:40 p.m., State Police received a report of a single-vehicle crash on Route 291 Eastbound at Exit 4 in Springfield which resulted in the death of the operator.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Joel Daoust indicates that a 54-year-old Springfield man was traveling eastbound in a Ford F150 when, for reasons still under investigation, he lost control of his vehicle and traveled off the right side of the exit 4 ramp, striking the guardrail.
The operator and sole occupant was transported to Baystate Medical Center where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.
The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and troopers assigned to the Office of the District Attorney.
State Police were assisted on scene by Springfield Fire and EMS and MassDOT.
The identity of the victim is being withheld pending family notification.