Crime

21-year-old killed in fatal crash on Route 1 in Sharon

"Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with the entire Early family during this difficult time."

A driver crashed his vehicle twice while speeding on Route 1 in Sharon Sunday night, killing one and injuring another.

Nicholas Snyder, 22, of Wrentham was arraigned on charges including motor vehicle homicide and other offenses on Monday afternoon. He is being held without bail and is due back in court on Wednesday, 7News reported.

According to Massachusetts State Police, a witness reported a car “operating dangerously and erratically” around 8 p.m. on Sunday, driving northbound in Foxborough. At the same time, a trooper on a road detail saw the vehicle, a 2020 Nissan Altima, pass him in a work zone at high speed. The car almost hit a worker who had just re-entered his truck, police said.

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The trooper began to go after the car, and a pursuit was approved but quickly stopped by headquarters. The Nissan, which allegedly never stopped speeding, hit the end of a Subaru Forester that was facing north at the intersection of Route 1 and Old Post Road in Sharon, according to police.

The impact killed the driver, later confirmed to be 21-year-old Kevin Early of Sharon, NBC10 Boston reported. After hitting the Subaru, the Nissan crossed to the southbound lane and hit a Dodge Durango, causing non-life-threatening injuries to the driver, police said.

Snyder was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, guarded by state police. 

Early was the son of retired Sharon firefighter Timothy Early, according to a statement from the Sharon firefighters union. The association is raising funds to help the family with the unexpected arrangement costs. 

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with the entire Early family during this difficult time,” they wrote.

The Sharon Historical Society posted about Kevin on Facebook, who had been a member of the group.

“Kevin was our youngest member and a very active member of the Society, always willing to help when called upon,” they wrote. “He was very technically inclined and had assisted with our Website and Facebook page. We ask you to keep the Earley and Markt family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of grief and in the days ahead.”

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The crash remains under investigation by Massachusetts State Police.

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