Christopher Delmonte, Chief of Police
220 Pleasant St.
Bridgewater, MA 01930
For Immediate Release
Friday, July 29, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Bridgewater Police Identify and Charge Driver Who Allegedly Caused Motorcycle Crash
Suspect Identified After Photos, Videos Released to Public
BRIDGEWATER — Police Chief Christopher D. Delmonte reports that the driver who allegedly caused a crash that left a motorcyclist and his passenger injured has been identified and charged in connection with the incident.
As a result of the investigation, which included the public release of a video and photos of the crash and a description of the vehicle, VIOLANTA ANDRADE, AGE 43, OF BROCKTON was charged with Failing to Grant the Right of Way and Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident with Personal Injury.
On Sunday, July 24, just before 8 p.m., the Bridgewater Police and Fire Departments responded to several 911 calls reporting a collision involving a motorcycle on Bedford Street (Route 18) at the intersection of Winter Place Plaza. Upon arrival to the scene, Bridgewater Police and paramedics located two occupants of a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle, an operator and a passenger, who suffered serious injuries. Police learned that the motorcycle, in an effort to avoid colliding with a vehicle that pulled out in front of it, swerved off the roadway and struck a tree.
After reviewing video surveillance from the area of the crash, police began an active search for a red, four door sedan, likely a Honda Civic, that was believed to have caused the crash.
On Thursday, July 28, Bridgewater Police conducted a traffic stop of a red 2003 Honda Civic. Officers determined that the driver, ANDRADE, was the suspect in Sunday’s crash.
Chief Delmonte praised the work of detectives and the vigilance of members of the public who sent in tips and information that helped lead police to identify the vehicle and driver.
“Strong police work by our Bridgewater Police Detectives, and information received as a result of witnesses at the scene and from the public and media sharing photos and video footage of the crash, directly led to the identification and apprehension of the suspect in this serious crash,” Chief Delmonte said.
ANDRADE will be summonsed to court at a later date.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.