Man attacked with machete, struck by car

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police are on the lookout for two men and two women who they say were involved in a fight in which a machete and a car were used as weapons. According to police Sgt. John Delaney, one man was taken to Baystate Medical Center after being cut with the large knife, and then hit by his attacker’s car.

Delaney says that around 2:30 Tuesday morning, four men and one woman were walking down Converse Street in Forest Park, when a dark gray car with Connecticut plates came down the street. The car slowed down, and an argument started between the five pedestrians and the four people inside the car. The pedestrians pounded on the car with their fists and the driver and passengers got out.

The fight became physical, and Delaney says one of the two women inside the car grabbed a machete, and cut one of the pedestrians, a 20 year-old man, in the face. She then got back in the car and backed it up, hitting the victim as well as another man. The impact from the car hitting the second man shattered the rear windshield. The car was seen driving off toward Sumner Avenue.

The victim’s friends brought him to the nearby Sunoco gas station at Sumner Avenue and White Street, where they waved for police to help. Officers gave the victim CPR before he could be taken to Baystate Medical Center. Delaney says that the victim has a very large cut to his face, but is expected to survive.

Beyond the argument in the street, the motive for the attack remains unclear.

The woman with the machete is described as being Hispanic, about 4’11” tall, and having bobbed hair. The vehicle is dark gray in color, possibly a Toyota Camry or a Mitsubishi Gallant. Police are asking anyone who sees such a vehicle with a shattered rear windshield, or has any other information, to call the detective bureau at (413) 787-6355. You can also anonymously text a tip.

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