One Killed in Multi Crash Caused by Wrong Way Driver on I93 in Milton

In a recent early morning car accident in Milton, Massachusetts, one person suffered fatal injuries when a motorist traveling north in the southbound lane of I-93 near Exit 3 collided with another vehicle traveling southbound. There were few details about the crash other than that one of the occupants in the involved vehicles was ejected, and another was trapped inside the car. There was no indication of what led the culpable driver to be on the opposite side of the highway.

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Prosecutors Feared Massachusetts Man Accused of Killing 7 Motorcyclists In NH Crash Would Flee to Ukraine if Released Before Trial

A New Hampshire court recently denied bond to a 24-year old West Springfield, Massachusetts man accused of running down and killing 7 motorcyclists on Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire on June 21, 2019. The man, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, is reportedly a citizen of Ukraine. Prosecutors had argued that he presented a clear danger to the public given his documented drug use, and constituted an extreme flight risk in that he was likely to return to his country of origin, Ukraine, where he still has family. Zhukovskyy’s status is that of a permanent U.S. resident but he remains a Ukrainian national and is not a citizen. Accordingly, immigration officials were poised to deport him once criminal proceedings were concluded. It was not clear if Zhukovskyy would first have to serve out his sentence, if convicted, before being subject to deportation.

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Massachusetts Stats for Children and Teens Killed in Car Accidents over 15 Year Period

It is a sad and tragic fact that car accidents are the number one cause of death for individuals who are 19 years of age and under. However, there was some good news for our younger Massachusetts motorists from a recently published study by ValuePenguin. The study analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiled from 2004 to 2018 using its Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). The findings indicated that Massachusetts was 49 th out of 50 states in the percentage of auto fatality rates for children and teens per 100,000 people.

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$21M Federal Grant for Safety Enhancement of I495 Mass Pike Junction

For years, motorists and truckers have had to contend with unreasonably dangerous conditions at the junction of I-495 and the Massachusetts Turnpike in Hopkinton. One motorist who is familiar with the area has named it “the Nexus of Hell.” Although changes typically come slowly, especially at the government level, a $21 Million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation was recently announced for the re-design and upgrading of this critical portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Some construction has been ongoing and 25% of the project is expected to be undertaken shortly. The completion date is scheduled for 2026.

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Massachusetts Pike Rollover Truck Carrying Bananas

A rollover accident on the Massachusetts turnpike in early October resulted in a spill of thousands of bananas and the leaking of about 100 gallons of gasoline from the overturned truck. State police were forced to close eastbound lanes at Exit 18 for 9-hours while the bananas were recovered, and absorbent used to neutralize the diesel fuel. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries. There were no details about what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

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Hundreds Cited Since Massachusetts Distracted Driving Law Took Effect

After 17-years of negotiations, bills that stalled and failed in the Assembly, and pleas from safety advocates, the Massachusetts Assembly passed a bill with teeth that addressed the growing epidemic of distracted driving. It took effect in February 2020 with officers initially issuing warnings to distracted drivers. In late March, officers began citing drivers who violated the new law.

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Concord Fatal Crash

A four-vehicle crash in Concord, Massachusetts this summer resulted in fatal injuries to an 87-year old Concord woman. The accident occurred around 2:50 in the afternoon on Route 2 near Sudbury Road. All four vehicles were in the eastbound lane of Route 2 when traffic began to slow. A 2014 Jeep Cherokee driven by an Arlington man apparently failed to notice the slowing traffic and slammed into the rear of a Honda Civic driven by the 87-year old victim. Her car was propelled into a 2020 Toyota Corolla that in turn rear-ended a 2014 Ford Taurus.

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