Police have identified the man killed Saturday night when the car in which he was a passenger crashed in Charlemont.
Thirty-two-year-old Christopher Nichols, a resident of Ashfield, died as a result of wounds suffered in the wreck, which occurred at about 10 p.m. Saturday, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office reported this week. The driver of the vehicle, who was not identified in car accident reports, also was injured.
The driver at about 10 p.m. Saturday was driving on Potters Road Extension when he lost control of his vehicle, according to authorities. The car drifted off the roadway and crashed into a nearby ditch, car accident reports state.
Nichols suffered fatal injuries in the incident, according to car accident reports. The driver of the vehicle also was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that aren’t believed to be life-threatening, emergency medical services personnel reported.
Several agencies, including the Charlemont Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police and the agency’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction unit, continue to investigate the incident. Few details about what led to the crash have been released, and authorities have not said whether they suspect the involvement of contributing factors, such as intoxication, speed or inattentive driving.
Authorities said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is awaiting results of a toxicology test. Car accident reports do not list any citations or criminal charges connected to the crash.
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