Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 11222015 – State Police Investigating Hit and Run Fatal in Springfield
Early this morning at about 2:15 a.m., State Police from the Springfield barracks responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Route 291 South in the area of exit 9 which resulted in one fatality and one arrest.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Joel Daoust indicates that JAMES SEXTON, 26, of Springfield was traveling on Route 91 South in a 2005 Audi A4 when he attempted to change lanes. In the process of this maneuver, his vehicle rear-ended a Nissan Xterra, which was also traveling southbound at the time. As a result of the crash, the Xterra rolled over and the Audi caught on fire. Another vehicle, a 2002 Mercury Sable, subsequently traveled into the crash scene, narrowly missing a Good Samaritan who had stopped to help, and struck the operator of the Xterra.
The 21-year-old male operator of the Xterra was transported to Baystate Medical Center where he was subsequently pronounced dead. SEXTON was placed under arrest on the following charges:
1. OUI Liquor
2. Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
4. Following Too Closely
5. Making an Unsafe Lane Change
SEXTON was booked at the State Police barracks in Springfield and held pending bail. He will be arraigned in Springfield District Court on Monday.
Following the crash, the operator of the Sable fled the scene. State Police detectives assigned to the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office are working to identify that operator. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact State Police Detectives at (413) 505-5993. You may also contact the State Police barracks at (413) 736-8390.
This crash remains under investigation with assistance from members of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the Crime Scene Services Section. State Police were also assisted on scene by Springfield Fire and EMS, Chicopee Fire, Springfield PD, and Mass Highway.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending family notification.
There is no further information available at this time. Please do not contact the barracks for media inquiries.