81-year-old man, 60-year-old woman struck, killed by car in Easthampton
EASTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Two pedestrians lost their lives after being hit by a car Tuesday night in Easthampton.
That collision happened on Northampton Street, right in front of Burger King. The scene was blocked off to traffic for several hours last night while police worked to investigate this car versus pedestrian crash.
“It’s just an unfortunate circumstance for everyone. When upon arriving, the loss and scope of the loss was immediately palpable,” said Northwestern Assistant District Attorney Matthew Thomas.
The Easthampton community is grieving the loss of two residents after a car hit two pedestrians around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“It was a significant collision, obviously, and two people passed away as a result,” Thomas added.
Officials with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office said an 81-year-old man died on scene and a 60-year-old woman was rushed to Baystate Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 8 p.m.
Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle reacted to the tragedy and said, “Because it is [an] open investigation, I have no comment at this time except to express sympathies to the deceased’s family and friends.”
Members of the Easthampton and Mass State Police’s reconstruction units responded to the scene and were there for more than four hours. Officials said the driver of the car, now identified as a man from South Hadley, cooperated with law enforcement and Thomas is reminding community members to stay safe on the roads.
“As always, just be careful out there. The physics of a motor vehicle is something that we take for granted and I do it too, so just think twice, look twice,” Thomas added.
Thomas said they are still working to interview witnesses and the crash remains under investigation.
Editor’s Note: The Northwestern District Attorney’s office has updated the town in which the vehicle driver lives.
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