Pedestrian struck, killed by car on Chicopee Street
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - A man has died after being struck and killed by a car on Chicopee Street in Chicopee Monday evening.
According to Chicopee Police Public Information Officer Travis Odiorne, the call came in around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Emergency crews closed Chicopee Street Celestine to Charpentier for several hours while the Chicopee Police Accident Reconstruction team and the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office investigated the scene.
“The officers arrived on scene and located the pedestrian, attempted to render aid, and they shut down the road,” Odiorne told us. “Ultimately, the paramedics pronounced the party deceased on scene.”
He confirmed to Western Mass News that the victim was male, adding that the car did stop and the driver was taken to the police station.
While the cause of the accident has not yet been determined, residents told us that drivers often speed down the road.
“It’s very unfortunate, and there’s no reason for something like this to happen,” said Phylisity Sherokow of Chicopee.
Phylisity Sherokow, who lives nearby, was home at the time of the accident and said that she came outside when she saw emergency vehicles arriving.
“There were many paramedics over an individual,” she recalled. “I could see construction boots. It was a man. I could see a pizza in, like, a bag on the ground, and they were doing CPR. They had been doing it for probably ten or fifteen minutes before they pulled the blanket over, so they did try pretty hard to help the victim.”
She told us that this is not something she wants to see happen in her neighborhood.
“This street, everybody’s speeding all the time,” Sherokow said. " I think the police are trying their best to enforce the speed laws, but it’s Chicopee Street. People are flying down it at all hours of the day and night, and I walk to the stores myself sometimes. My husband, my family, we walk to the stores, just to get some fresh air, get a little walk, and it’s really sad.”
The roadway reopened around 9 p.m. to traffic.
The accident remains under investigation by the Chicopee Police Department and the Hampden District Attorney’s Office.
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