The names of the pedestrian and the driver of the car involved in a fatal accident on Bridge Street Thursday have been released.
According to a press release from the Suffield Police Department, 65-year-old Patricia Handler was the woman struck by a 2002 Dodge Durango driven by Christine Swanson, a 49-year-old from East Hartford. Handler lived in the Maple Court senior housing located at 81 Bridge Street.
A car travelling on Bridge Street struck a pedestrian Thursday evening. The collision caused fatal injuries to the pedestrian, a woman whose name has not yet been released.
The woman was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and was pronounced dead at that hospital according to Sgt. Ryan Burrell, a Suffield police officer and member of the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Squad (NCMARS).
Burrell and other officers in NCMARS were working at the scene to determine the circumstances of the accident, which occurred near the former Bridge Street School building and the Suffield Senior Center. He said few details of the crash were available, including who caused the accident and whether the victim was using a crosswalk.
Burrell confirmed that the car involved, a SUV, was travelling in the eastbound lane (away from Mountain Road and the center of Suffield) of Bridge Street. He said the accident was reported at 5:37 p.m.
The area of Bridge Street where the accident occurred was closed as police investigated the scene of the accident.