Christopher D. Delmonte
Chief of Police
220 Pleasant St.
Bridgewater, MA 01930
Bridgewater Fire Department
Tom Levy, Fire Chief
22 School St.,
Bridgewater, MA 02324
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Bridgewater Police and Fire Departments Respond to Fatal Crash on Route 18
Media members: At 4 p.m., Chief Christopher Delmonte will be giving a statement to the media outside of the Bridgewater Police station, 220 Pleasant St.
BRIDGEWATER — Police Chief Christopher Delmonte and Fire Chief Thomas Levy report that the Bridgewater Police and Fire Departments responded to motor vehicle crash between a sedan and a motorcycle on Bedford Street (Route 18) Thursday morning that resulted in the death of the motorcyclist.
The driver of the sedan has been arrested and faces numerous charges.
At approximately 11:50 a.m. Thursday, police, firefighters and paramedics responded to the area of 350 Bedford St. Upon arrival, rescuers found a Toyota sedan and motorcycle that had crashed. The motorcycle rider was found with serious, life-threatening injuries. The motorcycle rider was transported via Bridgewater Fire ambulance to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton where he was pronounced dead.
The victim’s identity is not being released pending positive identification and notification of his next of kin.
The operator of the sedan remained at the scene. An investigation determined he was under the influence of drugs, and he was arrested. He has been charged with:
- Motor Vehicle Homicide while Operating Under the Influence of Drugs
- OUI Drugs
- Endangering a Child while Operating Under the Influence of Drugs
- Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Marked Lanes Violation
The initial investigation indicates that the driver of the sedan was travelling northbound on Route 18 when he allegedly crossed the center line and drove into the southbound lane of traffic in order to pass the vehicle in front of him.
The motorcycle rider was travelling southbound when he was struck head-on by the sedan.
The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Police Department.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. He will likely be arraigned Friday in Brockton District Court.
Route 18, from Cottage Street to Winter Street, will be closed in both directions for several hours while the crash is being investigated.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.