Family of Chicopee pedestrian crash victim demands justice after driver makes bail

The family of the man killed in the pedestrian crash in Chicopee is speaking out after the man who allegedly hit him has made bail.
Published: Oct. 17, 2022 at 6:22 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 18, 2022 at 11:53 AM EDT
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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - The family of the man killed in the pedestrian crash outside of Rumbleseat Bar & Grill in Chicopee is speaking out after the man who allegedly hit him has made bail.

Nicholas Weichel’s family sat in a courtroom, facing the man who is accused of hitting and killing their loved one. They said that changes need to be made at the state level.

“I wouldn’t wish this pain on my worst enemy,” said Nicholas’ brother, Donnie Weichel. “It’s hard.”

Weichel described the pain he has been feeling since last Sunday morning when he got a call from his sister-in-law who told him that his brother Nick had been killed.

“I’ll never forget that day for the rest of my life,” Weichel said. “I just couldn’t stop thinking, ‘Why him?’”

Nicholas Weichel, a 34-year-old from Chicopee, was hit and killed last Saturday night when he was crossing the road to his car, right in front of Rumbleseat Bar & Grille on Springfield Street. A car driving on the wrong side of the road, speeding above 70 mph, hit and killed him.

Police said that driver is Nazier Grandison. He was in court last week for his arraignment, where bail was set at $10,000.

“I think it’s time for some change in Massachusetts as far as the laws and bails go,” Weichel told us. “Things like this…. People shouldn’t be living their regular lives after committing heinous acts like this.”

Grandison has since made bail and is out of jail, something the family said they have a hard time wrapping their head around.

“He gets to go to work tomorrow, and unfortunately, I’ll never get my brother back,” Weichel said.

Now, they are fighting for change, dedicating their time to getting justice for Nick until the next day in court.

“If we have to take it to congressmen, senators, government, we’ll do whatever we have to do to make sure Nick gets the justice that he deserves,” Weichel said.

Until then, they plan to honor and remember Nick for the outstanding guy that he was.

“He was the best guy that anyone ever knew,” Weichel told us. “He always lit up the room. Whether you knew him or not, you knew he was there.”

If anyone feels inclined to honor Nick in some way, the family has asked that donations be made to Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Shelter since they said Nick was an avid animal lover.

Meanwhile, Grandison’s next day in court is January 10th.