Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 07302016 – State Police Investigating Fatal Crash In New Bedford
Yesterday at about 3:15 p.m., State Police from the North Dartmouth barracks responded to a two vehicle crash on Route 140 northbound, north of Exit 3, in New Bedford.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Ivo Luis indicates that a 27-year-old New Bedford woman was traveling northbound in a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta when her vehicle struck a 1997 Toyota Avalon, which was also traveling northbound at the time. The Avalon then spun out and struck the median guardrail.
The operator and sole occupant of the Avalon, BARBARA MAY PIVO, 86, of New Bedford, was transported by New Bedford EMS to Saint Luke’s Hospital before being flown by medical helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital, where she was subsequently pronounced deceased. The operator and sole occupant of the Volkswagen was uninjured in the crash.
This cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services, and State Police detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. No charges have been filed at this time.
State Police were assisted on scene by New Bedford Fire and EMS and Mass DOT.
There is no further information available at this time. Please do not contact the barracks for media inquiries.