HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – State police are still considering whether to file criminal charges in connection with a New Year’s Day car crash in Holyoke that killed two people and injured four others. Holyoke Police Sgt. Stephen Loftus told 22News that 48 year-old Maria Calderon and 52 year-old Manuel Velez, both of Holyoke, were killed following the accident at Chestnut and Hampshire Streets at around 4:00 Friday morning.
Holyoke Police Lt. Michael McCoy told 22News that a driver ran a stop sign at that intersection, crashing his car into another car that was carrying five people. Calderon and Velez were both passengers in that vehicle. Loftus said that two other people who were in that car remain in the hospital, while another suffered minor injuries. All are expected to survive. The driver of the car that hit them also only suffered minor injuries.
Loftus said that state police are still looking into the circumstances leading to the crash, but said that alcohol is not believed to have been involved. The driver has been cited for running a stop sign, but at this point, no criminal charges have been brought forward. The driver is not being publicly identified unless charges are filed in the case.