For Immediate Release: 6/6/2017 7:42 pm
Worcester, MA (June 5, 2017) – On 6/5/17 at about 11:45 PM, Worcester Police Officer Jesse Bonardi was driving home from his shift in his personal car. As he drove east on Grafton St, he was nearly struck head-on by a speeding black Jeep. A few seconds after the vehicle passed him, he saw it strike the Billings Square War Memorial at a high rate of speed. Officer Bonardi turned his car around, asked for assistance on the radio, and went to the scene of the accident. The front end of the Jeep was nearly demolished and was generating smoke.
Shortly after Officer Bonardi arrived, the front end of the Jeep caught fire. Officer Bonardi enlisted the aid of a bystander and removed the unconscious operator from the burning vehicle. State police were in the area and assisted by keeping the fire at bay while the operator was removed. The operator regained consciousness, was able to speak to paramedics, and was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
After speaking with witnesses and investigating further, officers determined that the operator of the Jeep was speeding and had a suspended driver’s license. She is charged with Operating after Suspension (2nd or subsequent), Operating to Endanger, Speed Greater than Reasonable, and Marked Lanes Violation. She will be arraigned in Worcester District Court. The Billings Square War Memorial was knocked over and sustained heavy damage.