Update: State Police Identify Victim of Fatal Wrong-Way Driver Crash in Holyoke
The victim in yesterday’s fatal crash on Route 91 in Holyoke has been identified as Debra Palata, 69, of Holyoke. No other information is available at this time. Original release below:
Today around 12:00 p.m., Troopers from State Police-Northampton responded to a crash caused by a wrong-way driver on Route 91 in Holyoke that resulted in the fatality of the wrong-way operator.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2005 Mercedes-Benz operated by a 69-year-old Holyoke woman was traveling southbound on the northbound side of Route 91 in Holyoke. The Mercedes struck a 2013 Honda Civic head-on in the left lane of route 91 northbound.
The operator of the Honda, a 25-year-old Springfield man, was transported to Baystate Medical Center with serious injuries.
The Mercedes operator was determined to be deceased at the scene.
The facts and circumstances of the crash, including the reason for the wrong-way operation, remain under investigation by Troop B of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.
No further information is currently available. Please do not contact the barracks directly.