Police: Speed could be factor in fatal Westport crash

WPRI/Corey Welch

WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — A Massachusetts teenager was killed in a single-car crash in Westport late Thursday night.

According to Westport Police Detective Jeff Majewski, the car left Reed Road at about 11 p.m. and struck a large tree.

Police said an 18-year-old man was driving a grey Mercedes when he skidded off the road, destroyed a mailbox and drove over a front lawn. He then crashed into a tree and his car caught on fire.

Majewski said the vehicle sustained heavy front and driver’s side damage, and the driver was killed as a result of the impact. Excessive speed appeared to have been a factor, the detective said.

“All you can think of is some parent was waiting for him to come home last night,” said Carl Alexander of Westport. “And what they got instead, probably, was a knock on the door.”

Alexander said he heard the collision from inside his home and he ran outside to help the driver.

“I knew right away, I could tell,” he said. “He was gone. Opened the door, checked the breathing, no breathing. Checked the pulse, no pulse. It was awful.”

Skid marks could be seen on the road Friday. The marks on the road drifted right onto Brandon Norcross’ front lawn. He said the crash woke him up.

“I got dressed as quickly as I can. Before I got dressed, my neighbors were already banging on my door,” he said.

Norcross is a professional EMT and he said he ran out to the crash with a fire extinguisher in hand.

“The car was pretty banged up, it was all smashed in – the driver’s side interior was completely on his lap,” he said. “The first thing I thought was to put the fire out and take him out.”

Alexander said he feels so sorry for the family.

“You know, you think of your own children. You think about what the parents gotta be going through. It’s awful,” he said. “He had a graduation tassel hanging – 2015.”

The speed limit on the winding road without streetlights is 25 miles per hour. Neighbors said there have been multiple crashes on that road over the years – and speed limit signs aren’t doing enough to stop them.

“They travel too fast down this road,” Alexander said.

Scene of the crash on Reed Road (WPRI/Corey Welch)
Scene of the crash on Reed Road (WPRI/Corey Welch)

The driver’s identity is not yet being released pending family notification. Majewski said the driver was a Westport native currently residing in Dartmouth.

The crash remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Unit and Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Westport Police Department’s Detective Division at (508) 636-1124.

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