October 15, 2009 – Susan Lepage, 46 from New Bedford, Massachusetts, died Wednesday as a result of serious personal injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Route 195 in Dartmouth. Dakota Jones, 21 from Marston Mills, was driving a 1997 Mitsubishi Diamante that smashed into Lepage’s 2005 Ford Mustang. The accident occurred at around 4:45 p.m.
According to the Massachusetts State Police, Jones’ vehicle crossed the median from the westbound lane into the eastbound lane and struck Lepage’s Mustang head-on. The collision caused the Mustang to hit a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, causing it to rollover. The Jeep, driven by Daniel Allende, 29 of Fairhaven, rolled into 2005 Toyota Prius driven by Amy Lopes, 20 from New Bedford. Lopes was able to pull her vehicle into the breakdown lane.
Sadly, Lepage was pronounced dead at the scene. Jones and Allende were transported via ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Jones was subsequently arrested and charged with vehicular homicide by negligent operation, marked lanes violation, and speeding.
The eastbound lanes of Route 195 were closed for approximately two hours. The accident remains under investigation by the State Police and the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.