State Police Investigate Hit and Run Fatal in Shelburne

Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 10032015 – State Police Investigate Hit and Run Fatal in Shelburne

Yesterday at about 3:40 p.m., State Police from the Shelburne barracks responded to a three-vehicle crash on Route 2 in Shelburne resulting in one fatality.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Peter McMahon indicates that WYATT PEASE, 20, of Buckland was traveling on Route 2 West in a 1994 Nissan Altima at a high rate of speed when his vehicle rear-ended a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am, pushing that vehicle into the eastbound travel lane. The Pontiac was then struck by a 2004 Honda Odyssey, which was traveling eastbound at the time.

The operator of the Pontiac, SARAH SESSIONS, 51, of Heath, was transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center where she was subsequently pronounced dead. The operator of the Honda, a 64-year-old woman from Shelburne, was also transported to BFMC for treatment of serious injuries.

Following the crash, PEASE, fled the scene but was later located and subsequently placed under arrest on the following charges: 1. Motor Vehicle Homicide by Negligent Operation
2. Motor Vehicle Homicide by Reckless Operation
3. Operating Under the Influence of Liquor
4. Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Personal Injury or Death
5. Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Crash
6. Speeding
7. Following Too Closely

PEASE, who was uninjured in the crash, was held on $5000.00 bail pending his arraignment in Greenfield District Court on Monday.

State Police were assisted on scene by members of Shelburne Fire and EMS. Also assisting in the investigation were members of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, Shelburne PD, troopers assigned to the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office, and Buckland PD.

There is no additional information available for release. Please do not contact the barracks for media inquiries.

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