CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A woman was killed and two men were seriously injured, after a car crash in Chicopee early Sunday morning, which police say happened while the driver was trying to avoid being pulled over.
Jim Leydon, spokesperson for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, told 22News 22 year-old Lina Correa of Chicopee, a passenger inside the car, died as a result of her injuries in the crash. The driver, 28 year-old Luis Ruiz of Springfield, is expected to survive, as is a 28 year-old man who was riding in the back seat.
Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News that the incident began at around 1:40 A.M., when a patrolling officer saw a Honda Civic with no license plate swerving from side to side on McKinstry Avenue. The officer turned on his blue flashing lights at McKinstry Avenue and Grattan Street to try to get the driver to pull over, but instead, the driver sped off down Grattan Street. The officer turned on his siren and tried to follow the driver, who drove through a red light at Grattan Street and Granby Road, but the driver sped out of sight.
The officer had continued down Grattan Street, where, at the top of the hill that goes down to Chicopee Falls, he noticed smoke in the air and skid marks on the roadway. Wilk says the officer then saw the Civic, which had crashed into a parked car.
The driver and two passengers were unresponsive and had to be freed from the car by firefighters. They were all taken to the hospital, where Correa died.
Chicopee police, the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team, and state police detectives assigned to the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office are looking into the events that led up to the crash.