A 21-year-old Springfield man was killed early today when his SUV crashed in Chicopee as he fled from State Police, authorities said.
Jackson Rosario had sped away from a trooper who was trying to stop him for speeding on Interstate 391 in Chicopee, State Police said.
After the crash, troopers allegedly found a replica handgun and a large amount of cash in the GMC Envoy Rosario was driving. The source of the cash is now under investigation.
The incident began around 12:30 a.m. A trooper in a marked cruiser was patrolling I-391 southbound when an SUV suddenly approached from behind, traveling at a high rate of speed. The trooper changed lanes to let the SUV pass and then tried to pull the vehicle over for speeding, State Police said.
The SUV got off the interstate at Exit 2 and slowed to a stop on the off-ramp, but once the trooper exited his cruiser, the SUV drove off and looped back onto I-391, this time heading northbound, State Police said.
The trooper lost sight of the vehicle, but continued heading northbound. In about a minute’s time, he found the SUV crashed at the bottom of the Exit 3 ramp. Rosario had been ejected and was later pronounced dead at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield just before 2 a.m.
State Police said Rosario had a learner’s permit, not a full driver’s license.
The crash and the pursuit are under investigation.