EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A Feeding Hills man was arrested Friday after a deadly hit and run accident on North Main Street in East Longmeadow.
According to East Longmeadow Police Chief Mark Williams, police and firefighters were called to North Main Street near Speight Arden around 6:20 p.m. for a report of a bicyclist hit by a vehicle. The bicyclist was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. Police identified the man as a 62-year-old Springfield resident.
Lt. Steven Manning told 22News around 1:00 p.m. on Friday, the driver of a black Honda Pilot turned himself to the East Longmeadow Police Department. He has been identified as 27-year-old William Lowe Jr. of Feeding Hills. Low has been charged with the following:
- Motor Vehicle Homicide
- Leaving the scene of a personal injury accident causing death
- Suspended License
Lowe will be arraigned in Palmer District Court on Monday.
East Longmeadow resident Andrew Lyons lives across the street from where the crash occurred. He said he and neighbors worked to make the victim comfortable while they dialed 911. He added he wasn’t surprised that such a tragedy occurred on this busy stretch of road.
“I’ve lived here for 21 years and I haven’t seen a lot of police enforcement of the speed limit. I know they have a lot to do but I think this underscores how important speed enforcement is not travelling well above the speed limit because it can be deadly,” said Lyons.
The speed limit in the area is posted at 25 and 35 miles per hours, and people who live in the area say it’s rarely obeyed. Neighbors also expressed concern about lack of crosswalks and sidewalks, especially with a school just right around the corner.