New Bedford Man Struck by Fairhaven Police Cruiser Has Died
The victim of Tuesday night’s pedestrian/motor vehicle crash involving a Fairhaven Police cruiser has died.
According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, 32-year-old Christian Lapaz-Dejesus of New Bedford passed away at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Massachusetts State Police are currently investigating the incident.
Lapaz-Dejusus was struck at around 11 p.m. Tuesday by a Fairhaven Police cruiser – a 2014 Ford Explorer – as the cruiser was heading westbound on Route 6. It happened just west of the 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of Alden Road and Huttleston Avenue (Route 6).
Lapaz-Dejesus was rendered aid by the officer driving the cruiser, and was then rushed to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford after sustaining serious injuries. He was later transferred to the hospital in Boston.
The investigation into this crash is being conducted by Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office and accident reconstruction is being conducted by the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.