Officials identify victim of deadly Holyoke crash

Officials identify victim of deadly Holyoke crash.
Published: Jun. 6, 2022 at 1:42 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2022 at 6:37 PM EDT
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HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Authorities have released new details into a deadly weekend crash in Holyoke.

Jim Leydon, spokesperson for the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, said that Holyoke Police responded to a crash in the area of Route 5 and Belvidere Street around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

“The suspect’s vehicle appears to have collided with the victim’s vehicle head on when the suspect’s vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic,” Leydon added.

Three people inside the victim’s vehicle, including the driver, were taken to Holyoke Medical Center where the driver was pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as 40-year-old Victor Santiago of Springfield.

Investigators have identified 25-year-old Jedd Flores of West Springfield as the driver of the other vehicle. Charges against him include motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of liquor, possession of an open container, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle. He was arraigned Monday in Holyoke District Court and is being held on $25,000 cash bail with conditions that he not drive or leave Massachusetts. He is expected back in court on June 21.

We visited the crash scene on Monday where we saw a Mass. State Police accident reconstruction team.

We also spoke to neighbors near the scene who told us that they have frequently seen accidents here, but not to this extent.

Western Mass News reached out to Ward 4 City Councilor Kocayne Givner who has taken steps to try to improve roadway safety, including proposing a camera system to deter speeding and cracking down on enforcing traffic light and stop sign violations.

In a statement made to Western Mass News, Givner told us:

“This weekend’s accident is just another blow to our fatally serious speeding and traffic issues in Holyoke. Since January, I have filed at least 5 traffic related orders that have all been motioned to be ‘complied with’ usually based on findings of our City Engineer, DPW, or our police chief …… Yes, I do feel strongly about convincing residents and visitors that their compliance is desperately needed regarding our traffic laws which exist for the benefit of all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles.”

The crash remains under investigation.