Mass. Man Killed in Head-On Crash With Police Cruiser

Police have identified a Massachusetts man killed in a head-on crash with a police cruiser this weekend that also left an officer injured.

Chicopee police Officer Mike Wilk said an SUV driven by 37-year-old Richard Chapin of Chicopee crossed into the opposite lane on Front Street and hit the police SUV. The crash occurred at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

The impact of the crash pushed the police vehicle into a city hall parking lot. Both drivers were taken to Baystate Medical Center, where Chapin later died.

Officer Joseph Pieczarka has been released from the hospital and is recovering from cuts and a head injury.

State police are investigating. 

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