SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 16 year-old Springfield resident was killed after being struck by a car, and dragged about 300 feet down the road. Police are now looking for the public’s help to find a driver who was at the accident site, as well as three other people who were nearby.
According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, the accident happened shortly after 2:30 on St. James Avenue, near the corner of Montclair Street. Their investigation found that a driver had stopped in the middle of the road in order to avoid hitting the young man, who was lying in the middle of St. James Avenue. A second car- whose driver did not see the teen- then tried to drive around the first car, but ended up hitting the victim, dragging him about 300 feet.
Police found the victim underneath the 2011 Nissan, and gave him CPR and first aid until EMTs got there. The young man was taken to Baystate Medical Center, but died a short time later.
The driver of the car that struck him, a 41 year-old woman from Chicopee, cooperated with police and there are no charges being filed against her at this time, Delaney said.
Police are hoping that the first driver, who left after the accident, will come forward to possibly shed some light on why the victim was in the road in the first place. Delaney says that witnesses told police three other young men had been in the area prior to the crash, and ran away after it happened. He said that it is possible that the victim ended up in the road as a result of something that was going on between him and those other young men.
Officers discovered one of the victim’s sneakers, as well as a blue Diamondback bicycle that may have belonged to him.
The victim’s name is not being released until all of his family has been notified, and that is not expected until Monday.