Fatal hit-and-run leads to drug arrests in Springfield

A fatal hit-and-run led Springfield police to a house where they found large amounts of cocaine and marijuana Saturday morning, police said Sunday.

Two cars collided at the intersection of Chestnut and Carew streets shortly after 10 a.m., Springfield police Lieutenant Robert Moynihan
. He said one of the drivers fled with extensive damage to the front end of his car.

A Westfield woman in the passenger’s seat of the second car was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, Moynihan said. The man driving the car she was in suffered minor injuries.

Police followed a trail of liquid leaking from the first driver’s damaged car. At the same time, a tip called into the station led them to 25 Narragansett St.


Police surrounded the house as the suspect, Mark Perez, 25, of Springfield, tried to leave with a large amount of marijuana, Hampden District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni said.

Officers arrested him and, after obtaining a warrant, found marijuana and cocaine in the house, Moynihan said. They arrested two people on charges of possession with intent to distribute.

Moynihan declined in a telephone interview to release the names or specific charges brought against the people arrested. Mastroianni identified Perez, but said he did not know the names of the other two arrested.

All three will be arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court, Moynihan said.

The Hampden district attorney’s office is investigating the crash and drug distribution charges, Mastroianni said.