Massachusetts State Police respond to two fatal motorcycle accidents over the weekend

By News Staff


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NEW BEDFORD, MASS (WLNE) –  State troopers from the District Attorney’s office responded to two separate motorcycle crashes over the weekend that resulted in fatalities. 

Police say the first incident occurred on Route 18 near the intersection of Walnut street in New Bedford on Saturday evening around 7:00 p.m. 

When emergency personnel arrived, they located 63-year-old Andrew Mindyas of Westport and rushed him to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

According to police, the preliminary investigation revealed that Mindyas was travelling at a high rate of speed through the intersection when he struck a curb, entered the center median and hit a large cobblestone planter. 

No other vehicles were involved in the incident. 

The second fatal crash occurred early Sunday morning around 6:35 a.m at the intersection of Route 177 and Tickle Road in Wesport. 

When Westport police and rescue personnel arrived on scene, they located Conrelis Blom, 67, of Somerset, off the roadway in a wooded area. 

Paramedics determined Blom to be deceased on scene. 

Police say Blom was operating a Ducati motorcycle in the westbound travel lane on Route 177, struck the side of a Ford Ranger as it turned onto route 177 from Tickle road. 

The operator of the Ford Ranger stayed on scene and was cooperative with investigators.

No charges have been filed at this time and the accident is under investigation but police say alcohol or drugs do not appear to have any role in the collision.

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