Police: Driver stopped at Taco Bell after deadly hit-and-run crash


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The man accused of striking and killing a pedestrian with his car on Friday apparently made a stop for fast food after the crash. Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney told 22News that 66 year-old Robert Loranger visited the Taco Bell on Boston Road, a short time after he allegedly struck 51 year-old Harry Fernandez with his vehicle.

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Fernandez was struck as he was crossing the street near 2223 Page Boulevard in Indian Orchard late Friday morning. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where he died of his injuries. Police received a description of the vehicle believed to be involved, a white Cadillac, which Delaney says a K-9 officer spotted on Wrentham Road with Loranger behind the wheel, but this was after Loranger made a visit to the nearby Taco Bell, located at the corner of Boston and Pasco Roads.

Delaney said that the Cadillac had extensive front-end damage, and Loranger was taken to the hospital for injuries he sustained in the crash. He was arraigned on Monday on charges including motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of liquor, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

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