NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A 22 year-old who was struck and then pinned underneath a car remains in critical condition at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Capt. Jody Kasper of the Northampton Police Department told 22News that the victim of the crash is 22 year-old Chloe Rombach, originally of Marblehead.
According to Kasper, Rombach was in the crosswalk on Bridge Street, near Parsons and Fair Streets, when she was struck by a car driven by Kenzie Kindle-Badgett, 18, of Easthampton. Rombach became pinned underneath the car, and Kindle-Badgett stopped and called 9-1-1.
Posted reflector signs make the crosswalk visible, along with street lights overhead, but Kasper said that it was dark, rainy, and windy at the time of the accident, and that appears to have contributed to the crash.
22News asked people in Northampton about their experiences as pedestrians in the city.
“I think that people who have four wheel drive vehicles tend to drive a little faster. They’ve always at the crosswalks have stopped for me, but I know that people do try to fly through,” Sandy Rodgers of Leverett said.
“I’ve lived in Northampton for almost 30 years, and what I always say is the pedestrians rule,” Kate Faulkner of Northampton said.
Kasper said that police are still looking into whether to file charges against Kindle-Badgett.