SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A woman has died after her car flipped over onto the lawn of a home on Parker Street in Springfield’s Sixteen Acres neighborhood early Friday morning.
22News has learned that the woman killed was Stephanie Croteau, the mother of the 10-year-old girl who was killed following a murder-suicide on Berkshire Avenue in Springfield in August.
According to Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, at around 12:10 a.m. officers were called to the area of Parker and Cooley Streets for a single-vehicle crash. Croteau died due to her injuries. There were no passengers in the car.
Parker Street was blocked off to traffic from White Oak Road to Acrebrook Road for several hours but has since re-opened.
“There are no words to express what the Croteau family must be going through. Our heartfelt thoughts, prayers, sympathy and words of encouragement go out to the family, especially to the children. On behalf of the family, please I ask for everyone to respect their privacy during this difficult time. Although they appreciate the outreach and support, they need time to heal. My administration along with Francena Brown from Families Against Violence will continue to work with and support the Croteau family through this tragic time,” said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
“Our love and prayers go out to the family. This is a difficult time for them. Although they appreciate everyone’s overwhelming outreach and support, right now the family needs time to heal. Please let us respect their wishes,” said Francena Brown, Executive Director for Families Against Violence.
Back on August 14th, 34-year-old Victor Nieves shot himself, a woman, a dog, and two children inside an apartment on Berkshire Avenue. The woman, Kim Fairbanks, was killed in the incident and several days later a 10-year-old girl died from her injuries. Stephanie Croteau was the mother of the girl and the daughter of Kim Fairbanks.
Also in the home at the time were a 12-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. The 12-year-old was shot but has since recovered and the 5-year-old was unharmed.
Later in August, the girlfriend of Victor Nieves, 32-year-old Monica Sanchez of Springfield, was arrested for eight charges of improper storage of firearms. Sanchez has eight firearms registered to her name, five of which could not be found and never reported stolen to police. The other three firearms were found improperly stored, two located within her residence and another improperly stored in a hidden spot in the basement of the apartment building.
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