SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Police Department held a news conference to address recent deadly motor vehicle accidents.
Mayor Sarno joined with the Springfield Police Department at the police headquarters on Pearl Street at 11 a.m. to urge drivers to slow down.
“These recent fatal crashes have all been avoidable tragedies and I send my condolences to the families impacted. The crashes all remain under investigation, but we can say that speed played a factor in each and every one of them. We are urging drivers to slow down, put down your phones and buckle up so that you do not put yourself or anyone else on the road in harm’s way. We’re also asking the courts to begin holding some of these drivers accountable for their actions so that they are not as brazen when they get behind the wheel. Our officers are enforcing the rules of the road, but far too often these cases are dismissed” said Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “First of all, my sympathy, thoughts, and prayers go out to the affected families. Simply put – slow down, pay attention, and have your senses about you, because it could cost you your life or the lives of others. It boggles my mind why someone has complete disregard for our traffic laws and would drive 114 mph. Commissioner Clapprood and our brave and dedicated men and women in blue will continue to crack down on the speeders. I, again, urge our court system to back us up when these infractions come before them, to send a message. Hopefully, if they do and with our continued enhanced patrols this can and will save lives.”
There have been four deadly accidents reported in the city this week. On Monday, a driver of a car crashed into a building on Page Blvd. has died. On Wednesday afternoon, a pedestrian was hit and killed on State Street.
A driver died after a two-car crash on Verge Street Thursday afternoon. Early Friday morning, a driver was killed after her car hit a tree on Page Blvd. The identities of any of the people killed has not been released.
- Rollover crash on Page Blvd in Springfield leaves 1 dead, multiple injured
- Deadly pedestrian accident on State Street in Springfield
- Deadly car accident in Springfield Thursday
- Driver dies after car hits tree on Page Blvd in Springfield
Officer have issues more than 600 citations for speeding, arrested 62 drivers for operating with either no license or a suspended license and issued 225 criminal complaints to drivers for operating with either no license or a suspended license since September 1, 2021.
In a news release sent to 22News from Springfield Police Spokesman Ryan Walsh the following data is the amount of deadly crashes and crash reports for the City of Springfield:
- 2021: 19 (as of November 5th)
- 2020: 14
- 2019: 7
- 2018: 16
- 2017: 11
Crash reports per year through November 5:
- 2021: 4,335
- 2020: 3,794 (decrease of amount of drivers due to the pandemic)
- 2019: 4,453
- 2018: 4,623
- 2017: 4,335
According to MassDOT Traffic Report, there are a total of 17 deadly accidents so far in 2021, not counting the deadly accident that happened Friday morning in the City of Springfield.
- Male Pedestrian – 11/3/2021, 12:28 PM: 632 State St., Springfield
- Male Driver – 11/2/2021, 12:37 AM: 299 Page Blvd., Springfield
- Male Pedestrian – 9/18/2021, 12:00 AM: 1365 Main St., Springfield
- Male Motorcycle Operator – 9/14/2021, 2:49 PM: Boston Rd. + Phillips Ave., Springfield
- Male Pedestrian – 9/4/2021, 11:43 PM: 463 State St., Springfield
- Female Pedestrian – 7/13/2021, 8:54 AM: Wilbraham Rd. + Massachusetts Ave., Springfield
- Female Driver – 6/26/2021, 9:32 PM: 63 Mulberry St., Springfield
- Female Driver – 6/17/2021, 8:59 AM: Dwight St. + I-291 WEST off ramp, Springfield
- Male Driver 6/11/2021, 10:42 AM: 1110 Parker St., Springfield
- Male Driver – 5/24/2021, 10:24 PM: 1045 Boston Rd., Springfield
- Male Pedestrian – 5/18/2021, 10:20 AM: 2 Boland St., Springfield
- Male Pedestrian – 3/25/2021, 8:10 PM: Parker St. + Ellery St., Springfield
- Male Driver – 3/19/2021, 2:09 AM: 1395 Allen St., Springfield
- Male Passenger – 3/18/2021, 11:50 PM: I-91 SOUTH, EXIT 8, Springfield
- Male Passenger – 3/9/2021, 5:37 PM: 483 Berkshire Ave., Springfield
- Male Driver – 1/6/2021, 6:59 AM: 989 Worcester St., Springfield
- Male Pedestrian – 1/2/2021, 10:58 PM: 278 Locust St., Springfield