State Police investigating fatal crash in Shelburne

An early morning crash on Colrain-Shelburne Road in Shelburne yesterday resulted in the death of the operator.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Christopher Titi indicates that at about 12:40 a.m. yesterday, Taryn Laplante, 22, of Chicopee was traveling southbound on Colrain-Shelburne Road in the area of the intersection with Carpenter Road in a 2011 Honda CR-Z when, for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle traveled over the center line and off the roadway before striking a tree and rolling over. 

Laplante, who was entrapped in the vehicle, was extricated by members of the Shelburne and Greenfield Fire Departments before being flown by LifeStar medical helicopter to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where she was subsequently pronounced deceased. A 20-year-old Springfield woman, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield for treatment of minor injuries.

The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collison Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and troopers assigned to the Hampshire-Franklin County District Attorney’s Office.