CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A man is facing charges after he allegedly killed one person and seriously injured another when he hit them with his car Friday night in Chicopee while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News, officers were called to the area of 460 Chicopee Street at 10:29 p.m. for a report of a car hitting pedestrians on a sidewalk.
Wilk said when officers got to Chicopee Street they found a man and a woman who had been walking on the sidewalk had been hit by a car. The car, which Wilk said had driven onto the sidewalk, was stuck in a fence when officers got there.
Officers soon learned that the driver, who was later identified as 48-year-old David Delgado, had allegedly walked away from the site of the accident. Delgado was found a short time later by police and detained.
Wilk said officers working the incident smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Delgado. He told 22News, “Officers investigating at the time noted that the driver had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech. They could detect an odor of alcoholic beverage. He was obviously arrested for that.”
The man and the woman were taken to the hospital, where the woman, who has only been identified as a 24-year-old Chicopee resident, later died as a result of her injuries, according to Wilk.
The man, who is identified as a 23-year-old Chicopee resident, was still in the hospital Saturday morning with serious injuries.
Delgado was arrested and is charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a personal injury/fatal crash, and motor vehicle homicide- OUI/negligent operation.
He is currently being held on $20,000 bail.