August 25, 2009 – A 6 year old boy from Cumberland, Rhode Island died as a result of serious personal injuries suffered in an auto accident that occurred in Charlton, Massachusetts in the westbound lanes of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Joseph E. Tollier, 30 also from Cumberland, was the boy’s father and was driving the car. The accident happened on Thursday, August 20th.
Apparently, the 1995 Chevrolet Lumina, driven by Tollier, blew a tire while traveling in the left lane causing the vehicle to swerve to the right. While trying to maintain control of the car, Tollier pulled the Lumina back into the left lane. At that point, the Lumina was struck in the left rear quarter panel by a Ford Escape, driven by Ronald Fleury, 67 of Peabody, Massachusetts.
Tollier was partially ejected from the vehicle and was seriously injured. Both Tollier and his son were taken to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. Tollier was taken by ambulance and his son was taken by a medical helicopter.
The crash remains under investigation by police.