State Police Seek Potential Witness to Fatal Crash in Harwich


Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 02232014 – State Police Seek Potential Witness to Fatal Crash in Harwich

This morning, at approximately 12:40 a.m., troopers from the South Yarmouth Barracks and D Troop Headquarters in Middleboro responded to a single vehicle crash on Rt. 6 Eastbound, between Exits 9 and 10 in Harwich.  Upon arrival, troopers encountered a 2002, black, BMW X5 sport utility vehicle, which had rolled over and struck a tree along the right side of the roadway.

The sole occupant of the vehicle, 18 year-old Michael Lawrence of Osterville, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.  Preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle operated by Mr. Lawrence and a second vehicle were racing prior to the crash.  As a result, the operator of the second vehicle, ADRIAN STERLING, 18, of Hyannis, was issued a criminal complaint.  He has been charged with (1) Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, (2) Speeding, and (3) Racing a Motor Vehicle.  He was operating a 2000, white, Toyota Camry Solara coupe (2 door) at the time of the crash.

In addition, there is believed to have been a third vehicle in the area that is not believed to have been related to the crash, but may have witnessed the circumstances leading up to it.  Anyone who was travelling this section of the road during this time frame and may have seen either of these vehicles, or the crash itself, are asked to call the South Yarmouth Barracks at (508) 398-2323.  Photos of similar vehicles are attached.

The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation with the assistance of troopers assigned to the Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section and Cape and Islands State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Barnstable County District Attorneys Office.  The Harwich Police Department, Dennis Police Department, Harwich Fire Department/EMS, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highways Division assisted at the scene.  Traffic was diverted off of Route 6 to provide responder and public safety during the initial investigation until approximately 3:45 a.m. when the roadway was reopened.  There was minimal impact on traffic.

No further information is available at this time.