Updates on Three Fatal Crashes (Four Victims) from Past Weekend

ROUTE 290, WORCESTER, CRASH RESULTS IN TWO FATALITIES; INVESTIGATION ONGOING

At 7:02 a.m. Saturday, July 30, Troopers from the State Police-Holden Barracks responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 290 eastbound in the area of Exit 24 in Worcester that resulted in the fatalities of both occupants of one of the vehicles. The crash remains under investigation to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

The victims, Luc Morin, 65, and Christine Banavige, 52, both of New Britain, Conn., were killed after their 2001 Nissan Frontier rolled over after their pickup was struck by a 2009 Toyota Matrix.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the Matrix, operated by a 52-year-old Worcester man, was traveling in the right lane when, for reasons still under investigation, it swerved into the middle lane and struck the right rear corner of the Frontier.

The impact caused the Frontier to spin out and rollover and come to final rest atop a guardrail. Mr. Morin, who was driving, and Banavige, the passenger, were determined to be deceased on scene by EMS crews.

Post-impact, the Matrix continued eastbound for a short distance and came to a stop in the breakdown lane. The Matrix’s operator was transported by ambulance to UMass Medical Center-Lakeside for evaluation of possible minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by State Police-Holden, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Detective Unit for Worcester County.

The crash caused the closure of the middle and right lanes in the area of the incident for four hours on Saturday.

MOTORCYCLE CRASH ON FELLSWAY, MALDEN, RESULTS IN FATALITY OF OPERATOR, INVESTIGATION ONGOING

At 8:38 p.m. Friday, July 29, Troopers from the State Police-Medford Barracks responded to a motorcycle crash on the Fellsway north (Route 28) at Charles Street in Malden that resulted in the fatality of the operator. The investigation suggests the motorcycle crashed as its operator was racing a car that fled the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Kyle A. Roust, 21, of Tewksbury, was operating a 2002 Suzuki GSXRT10 at a high rate of speed as he raced the driver of a dark-colored sedan from a stop at a traffic light on the Fellsway north. As the motorcycle approached the intersection with Charles Street, Mr. Roust failed to negotiate a left-bearing curve and went off the road. The operator was thrown from the bike as it overturned.

Armstrong Ambulance transported Mr. Roust to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he was pronounced deceased.

The investigation into the identity of the other driver is ongoing. The investigation is being conducted by State Police-Medford with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Malden Police and Fire assisted Troopers at the scene.

The crash caused closure of the bicycle lane in the area of the incident for two hours.

MOTORCYCLE CRASH ON ROUTE 391, CHICOPEE, RESULTS IN FATALITY OF OPERATOR

At approximately 7:25 p.m. Friday, July 29, Troopers from the State Police-Springfield Barracks responded to a motorcycle crash on route 391 south, at the Exit 3 on-ramp, in Chicopee that resulted in the fatality of the operator.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Anthony  Maynard, 21, of Chicopee, was operating a 2017 Yamaha FZ100 when, for reasons still under investigation, he lost control while attempting to negotiate a right-bearing curve on the on-ramp. The bike went down and slid off the ramp and down an embankment into the wood line.

When Troopers arrived on scene bystanders were providing emergency medical aid to Mr. Maynard. Troopers assisted with medical aid until firefighters and EMS arrived on scene a few moments later. Mr. Maynard was transported by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he was pronounced deceased later in the evening.

At this time there is no evidence that any other vehicles were involved in the crash. The crash remains under investigation by State Police-Springfield with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

The crash did not cause any significant road closures.

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