For Immediate Release: 7/2/2010 11:33 am
Worcester, MA (July 2, 2010) - On Friday July 2, 2010 at approximately 1:56 AM Worcester Police responded to the intersection of Blackstone River Road and Whipple Street for a report of a motorcycle accident in which the other vehicle fled the scene. Upon the officers arrival they observed a 1998 Harley Davidson on the ground in the southbound side of Blackstone River Road. The operator of the motorcycle was removed from the scene and taken to U-Mass Medical Center (university campus).
According to physical evidence at the scene as well as witness testimony, the motorcycle was traveling south on Blackstone River Road, approaching Whipple Street when a blue motor vehicle was traveling north on Greenwood Street, abruptly turned left onto Whipple Street, turning directly into the path of the motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the blue vehicle ejecting the rider of the bike. The blue vehicle did not stop and continued to travel west on Whipple Street.
The operator of the motorcycle received extensive trauma to his head and face area and was subsequently pronounced dead at approximately 2:30 AM, shortly after his arrival. The victim has been identified as 28 year old Edmund Lindberg of Worcester.
At approximately 4:40 AM Worcester Police received a call from a person who stated that he believed that he was in a motor vehicle accident at Whipple Street and Blackstone River Road. The caller identified himself as 28 year old Joseph Ferrantino of 3 Warwick Street, Worcester. Officers were dispatched to that address and observed a blue 2004 Pontiac GTO with extensive fresh damage to the passenger side.
Mr. Ferrantino was taken to the police station and interviewed. Based on information provided by the operator along with physical evidence obtained from the scene Mr. Ferrantino was placed under arrest and charged with Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury Accident Causing Death, Homicide by Motor vehicle, Operating as to Endanger, Failure to Yield to Oncoming Traffic While Making a Left Turn and a Stop Sign Violation.
The Worcester Police Traffic Division are currently in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the suspect vehicle and will search the vehicle as this investigation continues. The vehicle will be towed to the police station for processing.
Mr. Ferrantino will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Court House on Friday, July 2, 2010.
There is no additional information to be released at this time.