Bicyclist struck, dies from injuries in serious crash in Chicopee

Serious crash involving a bicyclist took place on Meadow Street in Chicopee
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 12:24 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2022 at 5:08 PM EST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - Developing news out of Chicopee, police are investigating a serious crash involving a bicyclist.

Western Mass News learned from Chicopee Police the male bicyclist was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries.

This news comes as the mayor and police chief are expected to address the numerous deadly accidents that haven taken place in the city, Friday.

The Chicopee Police Department says around 9 o’clock this morning they were called to a serious accident on Meadow Street.

The bicyclist was rushed to the hospital and Meadow Street was closed for hours as the Chicopee Accident Reconstruction Team investigated.

“When they responded to the scene, they located the male party on the ground. He was transported to the hospital,” explained Travis Odiorne, Chicopee Police Public Information Officer

Officer Odiorne tells Western Mass News the driver remained on scene and is cooperating with police.

Adjacent to Meadow Street is Chicopee Street where just last week, two pedestrians lost their lives in two separate crashes.

William Matteson was killed last Monday, and just Thursday, police identified the victim in Wednesday’s crash as Gary Turcotte. Both men are from Chicopee.

Mayor John Vieau and Chicopee police are expected to address these issues on Friday.

“Unfortunately, it’s a heavy topic right now,” noted Officer Odiorne.

Along with the two deadly Chicopee Street crashes, there have been two other deadly pedestrian crashes just in the past two months. One on October 8 on Springfield Street, and the other on October 29, also on Springfield St.

Western Mass News dug a little deeper into the crash data released by the MassDOT. There have been fifteen deadly pedestrian crashes in the Pioneer Valley area so far in 2022.

Of those, five have been in Chicopee alone.

And the city has had 10 deadly accidents total this year; that number includes motorcyclists, pedestrians, passengers, and drivers.

Officer Odiorne says they will discuss traffic enforcement strategies, as they relate to these deadly crashes, in Friday’s conference.

“We’ll be discussing some of enforcement activities that are going to be coming out, rolling forward in light of all these accidents that are happening in the city.”

Western Mass News will continue to follow the latest developments. Stay with Western Mass News online and on-air.