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December 10, 2013 – Charles Hoffman, 71, of Easthampton, Massachusetts has died as the result of serious personal injuries sustained when his pickup was involved in a head car crash with a van driven by Mauricio Velasquez, 32, of Springfield. Velasquez’ three year old daughter, who was a passenger in the van him, also died. The accident occurred on Hendrick Street in Easthampton at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Hoffman and the three year old girl were transported by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead upon their arrival to the hospital. Hoffman’s wife, Janice Hoffman, 69, Velasquez, and another passenger in his car, Milder Velasquez, 25, were also taken to Baystate and treated for their injuries. Janice Hoffman remains in critical condition.

The Northwestern’s District Attorney’s Office stated Hoffman’s pickup was struck when Velazquez lost control of his van, hit the guard rail and crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic. Velasquez has been charged with several offenses, including motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol in violation of G.L. c. 90 § 24G, two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol resulting in serious injury in violation of G.L. c. 90 § 24L, and several civil traffic violations.

Mr. Velasquez was arraigned on Monday in Springfield District Court and his bail was set at $100,000.

Sources: MassLive and

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August 16, 2013 – Michael Zwicker, 45, of Norton, Massachusetts, has died as the result of serious personal injuries sustained when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with an oncoming car. Mark Nadeau, 22, from Taunton, was operating the car westbound on Route 140 in Taunton prior to crashing into the motorcycle. The accident occurred last Sunday night at approximately 7:55 p.m.

Zwicker’s body was found seventy-five feet from the crash site and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Nadeau’s vehicle sustained heavy damage, and he was transported to Morton Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The Taunton Police Department has stated that the investigation of the accident is ongoing, but the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office has specified that no evidence of alcohol or drug use was found at the time of the accident. Distracted driving and speed are being considered as factors that caused the accident, which will be determined through accident reconstruction.

Soure: Wicked Local

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August 13, 2013 – Joseph Barboza, of Wareham, Massachusetts, was operating a truck southbound on Route 9 in Eastham when he collided with a vehicle operated by Samantha Young, of Eastham, Massachusetts. Both cars continued into the oncoming lane crashing into a station wagon driven by Barbara Wright, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and a minivan driven by Gary Saxton, of Coneus, New York. The accident occurred at approximately 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6th.

According to the Eastham Police Department, nine individuals sustained serious personal injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment. At least one person suffered life threatening injuries. Police have not indicated who was most seriously injured and have not yet released the names of the remaining five people who were injured.

The accident remains under investigation.


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