Hailey Allard, 20, of Somerset, who was a nursing student at UMass Dartmouth, according to a family statement, has been identified as the victim of a fatal early Friday morning crash involving a Somerset police cruiser.
Somerset police were alerted to the Route 138 collision between a police department cruiser and Honda Civic, driven by Allard, around 12:35 a.m., according to state police.
An early investigation conducted by state police indicates that the cruiser, a 2016 Ford Explorer, was traveling south along Riverside Avenue. The officer was responding to a report of “a man attempting to break into a truck in the parking lot of the [Gridiron] Pub,” according to the Somerset Police Department.
At the same time, Allard was driving northbound on Riverside Avenue, where she was approaching a left hand turn at the intersection with Westhill Avenue, according to police.
For reasons still unknown, the two vehicles collided, police said. Both the Explorer and Civic sustained significant damage in the crash.
Allard, who was the sole occupant of the Civic, was extricated from the vehicle by Somerset firefighters and transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries, according to police.
Loved ones are remembering Allard — who was working two jobs while attending school — for her ambition, “infectious” smile, and devotion to her family, especially “her [two] younger brothers,” the statement, obtained by Boston 25 News, read.
“Hailey was an exceptional young woman who was full of life [and] energy. Her smile was infectious [and] brightened everyone’s day,” the family said. “Her mother [and] father [cannot] express the heaviness in their hearts [and] the pain they will carry forever.”
The officer was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries, police said. Their identity has not been released.
The Somerset Police Department wrote in a post that they are “all saddened by this horrible tragedy.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the person who passed away,” the department said.
State police said the investigation remains ongoing.