CLARKSBURG, Mass. (WWLP) – A toddler has died following a crash Saturday morning in Clarksburg.

The Massachusetts State Police is currently investigating the death of a two-year-old boy who died in a crash early Saturday morning, according to State Police Spokesperson Dave Procopio. A preliminary investigation suggests that the boy died after his father, while fleeing a motor vehicle crash on foot, lost the child in a brook.

At 1:58 a.m. on Saturday, Troopers from State Police-Cheshire were sent to a motor vehicle crash on Middle Road in Clarksburg. A Trooper and EMS were at the accident within minutes and immediately learned that a child who had been in the vehicle, which was a 2015 Subaru Crosstrek, was unaccounted for. The driver and the toddler’s father, 35-year-old Darel A. Galorenzo, were in the area of the brook as well.

Troopers and Firefighters began searching Hudson Brook for the toddler, and located him in the water just before 2:20 a.m., in an area of the brook close to #150 Middle Road. Within moments, a Trooper and fire personnel retrieved the toddler from the brook and EMTs began immediate emergency first-aid or drowning injuries.

The toddler was sent to Berkshire Medical Center in North Adams where they determined he died from the accident.

Troopers at the accident made observations of Galorenzo that were consistent with him being intoxicated. Galorenzo was also sent to Berkshire Medical Center for evaluation under police guard. After he was examined and discharged, a Trooper took him to the Cheshire Barracks, where he is in custody. In addition to the OUI and the negligent operation of motor vehicle charges, more charges related to the toddler’s death are anticipated.

Galorenzo was arrested and charged with:

  • Manslaughter
  • Reckless Endangerment of a Child
  • Negligent Operating of a Motor Vehicle (a)-operating to endanger)
  • Operating Under the Influence

Galorenzo is being held on 100,000 cash bail.

The response and investigating law enforcement include the State Police Cheshire Barracks, State Police Detective Unit for Berkshire County, State Police Collisions Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, North Adams Police Department, and Clarksburg Fire Department. The State Police Detective Unit is overseeing the investigation. Berkshire County District Attorney Shugrue is representing the Commonwealth.