PRESS STATEMENT – 7/29/2018: Mashpee police chief extends condolences to families of victims killed in Cotuit crash…
The following is the actual statement from Mashpee Chief Scott Carline:
In the early morning hours of July 28, 2018, a tragic accident occurred in the Town of Barnstable resulting in the death of two individuals. We are in the early stages of what is going to be a comprehensive and thorough investigation into the Mashpee Police Department’s involvement of the facts and circumstances leading up to this terrible tragedy. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the victims and their families at this time.
Scott W. Carline, Chief of Police
UPDATE – The following is the actual Barnstable Police statement and the latest they are able to release at this time. The cause of the accident is under investigation. I’m sure they are also looking into the pursuit which was ongoing at the time of the crash. There is no mention as to why the vehicle was allegedly fleeing police :
On July 28, 2018 at 12:10 am, Barnstable Police were called to a head-on motor vehicle collision on Rte. 28 in Cotuit near the Mashpee town line. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Toyota sedan, operated by a 22-year-old male from Fall River, with a 24-year-old female passenger from New Bedford, was traveling east on Rte. 28 when it collided head-on with a west bound 2012 GMC SUV being operated by a 32-year-old Mashpee man. The Fall River man was pronounced dead at the accident scene and his female companion was transported to Cape Cod Hospital in critical condition. The Mashpee man sustained severe injuries and was taken to South Shore Hospital where he later passed away. Rte. 28 in Cotuit was shut-down for several hours while the Barnstable Police Accident Reconstruction Team worked the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Cotuit FD media statement:
Narrative: Cotuit Fire received a call for a motor vehicle crash with multiple patients, entrapment, a car fire and patient ejection. Engines were dispatched from the Mashpee and Marstons Mills Stations and ambulances from the Cotuit, Mashpee and Centerville Stations. Upon location we found a two car accident with three patients. One vehicle was a large SUV with a single occupant who was pinned in the vehicle. The Occupant was extricated with the jaws of life and transported in a Cotuit Ambulance to the South Shore Hospital where they later died. The second vehicle was a Toyota passenger car which was split in two in the collision. The two occupants were ejected from the vehicle and the vehicle was on fire. One of the occupants was an obvious fatality and not transported and the second patient was transported in a Centerville ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital and later transferred to a Boston with life threatening injuries. Barnstable and Mashpee police were on scene and assisted in patient treatment and extricated.
Initial HN coverage:
COTUIT – One person was ejected and deceased at the scene…
The chase started in Mashpee around midnight. Mashpee officers were chasing a vehicle that was reportedly speeding and driving erratically on Route 28 towards Barnstable.
As you will hear in the following HN Video, speeds may have reached 65 MPH…
Suddenly, the suspect vehicle crashed into at least one other vehicle, or so it appeared… the wreckage was so mangled elements in the scene were unrecognizable.
HN observed at least one person ejected and deceased in the roadway.
A second patient was described as being in “priority one” condition.
It’s uncertain how many others needed rescue…
Accident reconstruction experts responded from Barnstable…
Still a very active investigation and scene at the time of this report….
CAUTION – Although graphic content has been edited out of the following footage, this was an intense and disturbing scene. Viewer discretion is highly advised.