CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - State Police have released the name of a driver who died after they say he crashed while trying to avoid a traffic stop.
State Police spokesperson David Procopio notified 22News that Jackson Rosario, 20, of Springfield died at Baystate Medical Center just before 2:00 Wednesday morning.
Procopio says that a patrolling trooper had tried to pull Rosario's GMC Envoy over for speeding on I-391 Southbound in Chicopee just before 12:20 A.M. Rosario slowed down, but then continued off the Exit 2 offramp, got back on the highway northbound, and after the trooper lost sight, crashed at the bottom of the Exit 3 offramp.
The SUV flipped over, throwing Rosario from the car. Procopio says that the whole pursuit had lasted less than one minute.
Rosario was taken to the hospital by ambulance, but did not survive his injuries. Procopio said it appears Rosario had only a learner's permit. He added that he was carrying a large amount of cash, and had a replica handgun in the SUV.