Feb. 13, 2008 ►
Time: 6:47 p.m.
Where: Route 2A, Phillipston
Trooper: Mical O’Brien
Type: Fatal accident
What: Trooper was responding to an accident when he fatally hit Andrew Castonguay (right), a motorist who had fallen onto the road a few minutes earlier while aiding another driver. Police said it was dark and the victim was wearing dark clothing, though his father suspects the trooper could have avoided the collision had he been paying closer attention. The state paid the victim’s family $10,000 to settle a lawsuit.
Jan. 28, 2009
Time: 1:45 a.m.
Trooper: Richard J. Cashin
Where: Route 1 North, Saugus
Type: Fatal solo crash
What: Captain Richard Cashin, 52, was traveling on Route 1 in Saugus. Cashin may have been trying to locate a drunk driver when he struck a utility pole and was fatally injured.
Aug. 11, 2009 ►
Time: 3:20 a.m.
Trooper: Nicholas P. Internicola
Where: Route 1A at Logan Airport, Boston
Type: Work zone accident
What: Trooper was sitting in cruiser on paid detail at a road maintenance site at Logan Airport when the cruiser lunged forward — pinning a worker against another vehicle and partially crushing his legs. The trooper and a police report gave conflicting explanations for the incident. The state settled a lawsuit by the worker for $98,000 last year and found the trooper was at fault.
Jan. 22, 2010 ►
Time: 2:26 p.m.
Trooper: Brian D. Hermes
Where: Route 18 and Pond Street, Weymouth
Type: Pedestrian hit
What: A school bus stopped in front of a jogger at a crosswalk at a busy multilane road in Weymouth. But after running past the school bus, the woman got knocked into the air by a police cruiser traveling in the next lane. The trooper told local police the jogger came out of nowhere. Both the jogger’s and trooper’s view were likely obscured by the bus. The police report said it found “no improper driving” by the trooper. But the woman’s law firm won $225,000 in settlements on behalf of her and three family members in November. (By filing separate legal claims on behalf of the family members, the law firm was able to obtain more than the $100,000 statutory limit.)
Oct. 21, 2011 ►
Time: 4 p.m.
Where: East Brookfield Road, North Brookfield
Trooper: David M. Fleming Jr.
Type: Two-car crash
What: Cruiser, which was traveling as fast as 95 miles per hour in a 45-mile-an hour zone, hit a driver who was making a left turn into his driveway. Police blamed the driver, who was seriously injured in the crash, for failing to yield to the police cruiser. State Police say the trooper activated his emergency equipment, but the other driver contends he did not see any lights or hear any sirens. The other driver is suing.
March 8, 2013
Time: 12:37 p.m.
Trooper: Stephen P. Fortin
Where: Route 140 North, New Bedford
Type: Single-car crash
What: Driving in snowy weather, Trooper Stephen P. Fortin hit a patch of ice, fishtailed, and slid into the cables along the road and then hit a highway sign. One person was injured, presumably the trooper since it was a one-car crash, but the police redacted the injury information.
March 19, 2013
Time: 3:15 a.m.
Trooper: James D. DeAngelis
Where: Route 93 South, Boston
Type: Single-car crash
What: While out on patrol, trooper struck the median during snowy weather. The trooper was blamed for driving too fast given the weather, but the accident report also noted that multiple spinouts were reported during the storm.
April 10, 2013
Time: 9:05 a.m.
Trooper: Daniel S. Moro
Where: Soldiers Field Road West, Boston
Type: Cyclist hit
What: Trooper pulled onto Soldiers Field Road in front of a cyclist, who slammed into the police cruiser and landed on his right shoulder. The trooper said he didn’t see the cyclist because his view was blocked by an open laptop in the front of the vehicle. The police blamed the crash on the trooper’s obstructed view. The cyclist later said his shoulder was dislocated.
Disciplinary measures taken by the Massachusetts State Police
SOURCES: Massachusetts State police ; MassDot; US Department of Transportation; individual departments
Todd Wallack, Patrick Garvin / Globe Staff