Pedestrian struck, killed by Brockton police cruiser, DA says

Pedestrian struck, killed by Brockton police cruiser, DA says




A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Brockton police cruiser Friday night, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office. Officials said a Brockton police officer operating the marked cruiser was responding to an emergency call at the time of the crash.According to the district attorney’s office, the officer made attempts to stop and avoid the collision and immediately administered first aid to the victim. Emergency medical personnel treated the victim before he was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.Authorities identified the victim as 61-year-old Antonio Tavares, of Brockton.The district attorney’s office said it was notified of the fatal crash at approximately 8:40 p.m. Friday by the Brockton Police Department.Officials said the crash happened at about 8:19 p.m. in front of the Morabeza Club, located at 581 Main St. Witnesses said several people, including the officer, rushed to help the victim after the crash. Tavares appeared to have a head injury, according to witnesses. “The man tried to beat the cruiser, started running across the street diagonally because there were cars parked and he didn’t make it,” said witness Amber Reynolds-White.Osvaldine Meadows, another witness, said she held Tavares’ hand as he lost consciousness. She placed flowers at the scene of the crash Saturday and is hoping to find the victim’s family to let them know she helped comfort him.The area was shut down to traffic after the crash, with a large police presence and a small crowd gathering on the sidewalk.Police were seen conducting a brake test on the SUV-style police cruiser before towing it away from the scene, The Enterprise reported.WCVB contacted officials with the Brockton Police Department, who declined to comment about the crash.The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and state police are investigating the crash.

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Brockton police cruiser Friday night, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.

Officials said a Brockton police officer operating the marked cruiser was responding to an emergency call at the time of the crash.

According to the district attorney’s office, the officer made attempts to stop and avoid the collision and immediately administered first aid to the victim.

Emergency medical personnel treated the victim before he was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Authorities identified the victim as 61-year-old Antonio Tavares, of Brockton.

The district attorney’s office said it was notified of the fatal crash at approximately 8:40 p.m. Friday by the Brockton Police Department.

Officials said the crash happened at about 8:19 p.m. in front of the Morabeza Club, located at 581 Main St. Witnesses said several people, including the officer, rushed to help the victim after the crash.

Tavares appeared to have a head injury, according to witnesses.

“The man tried to beat the cruiser, started running across the street diagonally because there were cars parked and he didn’t make it,” said witness Amber Reynolds-White.

Osvaldine Meadows, another witness, said she held Tavares’ hand as he lost consciousness. She placed flowers at the scene of the crash Saturday and is hoping to find the victim’s family to let them know she helped comfort him.

The area was shut down to traffic after the crash, with a large police presence and a small crowd gathering on the sidewalk.

Police were seen conducting a brake test on the SUV-style police cruiser before towing it away from the scene, The Enterprise reported.

WCVB contacted officials with the Brockton Police Department, who declined to comment about the crash.

The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and state police are investigating the crash.






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