Man Dies in Auto Accident After Being Pursued by Police ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Man Dies in Auto Accident After Being Pursued by Police

Do police take it too far when a car chase is in pursuit resulting in someone being killed? A family is going through a lot of sadness and anger after their 21-year-old son, Matthew Cynewski, was killed after leading police on a brief chase. Hampden Director of Public Safety Joseph Rogers said Cynewski died en route to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash. Rogers said Cynewski initially caught the attention of police after several police agencies received bulletins regarding a Jeep that was operating erratically. As the pursuit continued Rogers reported that Cynewski sideswiped a vehicle that was being operated by 62-year-old Lorraine Frawley. Frawley, who Rogers said was not hurt in the accident, was stopped in traffic waiting to turn left into a driveway when Cynewski approached from behind and struck the drivers' side of Frawley's vehicle as he passed by. Rogers said from there, Cynewski's Jeep struck a tree. The accident remained under investigation Tuesday, said Rogers. Police do not know why Cynewski did not stop for police.

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