SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- One person is dead after being struck by a vehicle Tuesday morning in Springfield.
Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said that officers were called to the 100 block of Wilbraham Road just before 9 a.m. Tuesday for a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.
Western Mass News spoke with an eyewitness about what he saw when he first approached the scene.
“At first, I thought it was a shooting because of the way they had it taped off and they had everything marked off,” said Springfield City Councilor Malo Brown.
Brown told us what he saw this morning while jogging as Wilbraham Road was closed near American International College by police tape and with evidence markers on the ground. He later learned a woman had been hit by an SUV while she was walking in a crosswalk.
“It was a scary sight. It was a very scary gruesome sight,” Brown added.
The pedestrian, an adult female, was in a crosswalk at the time of the incident. She was taken to Baystate Medical Center where she later died.
The Hampden District Attorney's office identified the victim as 65-year-old Margaret 'Lani' Kretschmar of Agawam.
The driver remained on-scene and was taken to Baystate Medical Center for evaluation.
“Unfortunately, everyone had to go to the hospital and it was an unfortunate case,” Brown noted.
The crash remains under investigation by the Springfield Police traffic unit and the D.A.'s motor vehicle homicide unit.
Western Mass News is continuing to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.