UPDATE: Dirt bike operator involved in police cruiser accident identified

By: News Staff


A driver operating a dirt bike died after crashing with a Fall River Police cruiser early Wednesday morning.

Officials say 19-year-old Rafael Cordeiro of Fall River was riding a 2006 Yamaha YZ85 dirt bike with no front headlamps when he collided with a police cruiser Wednesday morning.

Police say Cordeiro was  travelling south on Montaup Street failed to stop at the intersection and struck the cruiser in the front passenger door area

A second dirt bike, which was traveling with this dirt bike, fled the scene.

Cordeiro was rushed from the scene to St. Anne’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead at around 2 a.m.  

The two officers in the cruiser were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

They were treated and soon released.

Officials say the crash and death is under investigation by Fall River Police Department Major Crimes Division.

All further information will be provided by the District Attorney’s Office

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