Updated: Pedestrian Dies in Car Crash on Bridge St., Names Released

The fatal accident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The names of the pedestrian and driver were released Thursday night. Bridge Street has reopened as of Thursday night.


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.

Original Story:

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.

Jim Merchant April 06, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Agreed ... speed limit of 35 is a joke to most drivers on Bridge Street.
Wendy Pierman Mitzel April 06, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I would like to see the town put in a flashing light system near the frequently used crosswalks. Suffield needs to be a walkable town but these have been a danger for years. What an unnecessary accident.
Donnalee Vanier April 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Very sad,, the pedestrian has the right of way, you can see the skid marks right over the crosswalk! People drive on this street like it's a highway while talking or texting on their cells! Scares the heck out of me whenever I have to turn into my driveway, cars right on your tail not paying attention. My sympathies to the family.
Ellen Dami April 11, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Where I work in Florida, a cross walk has blinking lights in the ground crossing the street and at each entrance from the sidewalk to the crosswalk. It is the LAW for the drivers to stop until the pedestrian has completed the crossing and then the blinking lights stop and the driver can proceed. It is the LAW and maybe you need to install this type of safety measure. It might have saved my best friend.
Mindy Miranda October 10, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Sorry you lost your best firend, Ellen!


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