Two Killed in Separate Massachusetts Car Crashes

Two Killed in Separate Massachusetts Car CrashesTwo people died on Friday, July 22, in multiple-car accidents that caused significant damage and lane closures, two Massachusetts news agencies have reported.

In Fall River, Massachusetts, a man has died after he was involved in a three-car crash on Route 24 on late Thursday, July 21, South Coast Today reports.

According to the news source, police say David Leonard was driving northbound in a southbound lane in his 1999 Mazda 626 sedan near exit 8 when the accident occurred.

Two cars that were going in the correct direction swerved to miss the 34-year-old man, but a 2011 Hyundai Sonata was unable to avoid the Mazda, and crashed head-on, the news provider stated.

Emergency response personnel were able to pull Leonard from the wreckage and transport him to a hospital in Charlton, but was later pronounced dead from his injuries.

Elsewhere in the state, a Mishawum woman died early Friday, July 22, after she slammed her car into a tree the night before, the Woburn Patch reports.

According to the news source, Woburn Patrolman Dennis Courtney was the first to respond to the accident, where he found the black Ford Explorer badly mangled around a tree and performed primary first aid until Emergency Medical Services arrived and relieved him, the media outlet stated.

The passenger in the vehicle was unharmed, and told the news provider that Abreu was not wearing her seatbelt and had been drinking at a Joe's Bar and Grill, but assured him that she was fine to drive home before the two left.

Kristen J. Abreu, 30, was pronounced dead at 1:05 a.m. due to her injuries.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 30,797 fatal crashes in the country in 2009, down from the previous year's number of 34,172.