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2 dead in Worcester rollover crash following traffic stop


A vehicle fleeing from the scene of a traffic stop in Worcester went out of control and flipped, killing two occupants and sending others to the hospital, police say.

What turned into tragedy began as a bit of a road-rage incident, as a statement by the Worcester Police Department tells it. Sometime around midnight, two men were walking up Water Street when they were nearly struck by a Toyota Highlander, prompting one of the men to make some kind of gesture of displeasure.

The driver of the Highlander then got out and pointed a handgun at the men, according to the statement, before driving away again. The man who made the gesture then followed the Highlander and called in the incident to police, saying the Toyota had pulled over.

Responding cops approached the vehicle but the driver turned it back on and sped away. Soon after, another police officer in the area “saw taillights several hundred yards in front of him” and found the Toyota flipped over in front of the Roosevelt Elementary School in the 1000-block of Grafton Street.

Investigators say it had been traveling “at a high rate of speed” before it struck a curb and the driver lost control. The vehicle then crossed the road and struck a Dodge Ram traveling the opposite direction before then striking a tree and then flipping.

The vehicle was reportedly packed, according to the statement, and six of the seven occupants were transported to an area hospital. The seventh, a 34-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. At the hospital, the 35-year-old driver would also be pronounced dead.

In the vehicle, according to the statement, police found “a black airsoft gun designed to resemble a Glock 19 handgun.”


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