Monday morning accident claims Wales woman’s life

WALES — A local woman was killed in a Tuesday morning car accident, leaving behind a son enrolled in the town’s elementary school.

According to a press release from the Massachusetts State Police, the fatal accident on occurred on Stafford Road, Route 19, shortly before 9 a.m. when a 2005 Toyota Camry went off the road and stuck a tree. Police said the vehicle’s operator, a 34-year-old Wales woman, was transported by Lifeflight to UMass Medical Center in Worcester where she was subsequently pronounced dead. The vehicle’s passenger, a 31-year-old male from Wales, was transported by ambulance to BayState Medical in Springfield with serious injuries. The identity of the woman is being withheld pending family notification, and authorities noted a policy of not releasing the names of car accident survivors.

Wales Elementary School Principal Richard Zinkus sent an email to parents in response to the fatal accident.

“As you may have heard, a parent of a second grader was killed in a car accident this morning in Wales,” Mr. Zinkus wrote. “There is no doubt that the students will have questions and we are prepared to meet with them in the morning to help them through the situation should they need support. We have reached out to grief counselors in the district and have received advice on how to deal with the situation.”

He encouraged parents with questions or concerns to contact him and noted he would be at the school “very early” on Wednesday morning to further accommodate communication. Wales Police Chief Jeffrey T. Hastings Sr. noted that two local police officers will be at the elementary school on Wednesday “to assist as needed.”

Massachusetts State Troopers from the Sturbridge Barracks responded to the accident scene and were assisted on the scene by the Wales Fire Department, Brimfield Fire and EMS, and Brimfield Police Department. The facts and circumstances of the crash, including what caused the woman to go off the road, are under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Detective Unit for Hampden County.

 

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