Apr 03: State Police Investigating Fatal Crash of Suspect who Fled Motor Vehicle Stop
Massachusetts State Police are investigating the fatal crash early this morning of a suspect who fled from a motor vehicle stop in Chicopee.
Preliminary investigation indicates the following. Just before 12:20 a.m. a trooper on patrol on Route 391 southbound in Chicopee observed a sport utility vehicle approaching him from behind at a high rate of speed. The trooper pulled to the right lane and let the vehicle pass, and then activated his lights to stop the SUV driver for speeding.
The suspect vehicle, a 2004 GMC Envoy, slowed, then continued down the off-ramp at Exit 2 and stopped. The trooper observed the male operator moving about inside the Envoy.
At 12:20 a.m., after the trooper got out of his cruiser and walked toward the SUV, the suspect accelerated and fled down the ramp. The trooper ran back to his cruiser and started to pursue. Troop B Headquarters assumed command and control of the pursuit.
The suspect vehicle crossed the street at the bottom of Exit 2 and got back up onto Route 391 using the on-ramp to the northbound side. At this point the trooper lost sight of the fleeing SUV. The trooper continued to follow in the direction the suspect had taken. At this time the trooper was travelling approximately 60 mph.
As he approached Exit 3 on Route 391 northbound, less than a mile from where he had last seen the suspect vehicle, the trooper observed a plume of smoke. At 12:21 a.m., the trooper discovered the SUV, rolled over, at the bottom of the Exit 3 ramp. The driver had been ejected.
The trooper immediately called medical aid to the scene. The suspect was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 01:50 a.m.
The suspect has been identified as a JACKSON ROSARIO, 20, of Springfield. At this point, it appears the suspect had only a learner's permit.
Troopers located a replica handgun in the vehicle. The operator was found to be in possession of a large quantity of cash.
The crash remains under investigation by Troop B of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Hampden County State Police Detective Unit. Exit 3 was closed until 3:37 a.m. to facilitate the rescue response and investigation.
The pursuit lasted less than one minute. Per department policy, all State Police pursuits are reviewed by a committee of high-ranking officers.
No further information is being released at this time. Please do not call the barracks directly.