Christopher D. Delmonte
Chief of Police
220 Pleasant St.
Bridgewater, MA 01930
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Bridgewater Police Investigating Fatal Crash on Route 18
BRIDGEWATER — Chief Christopher Delmonte reports that the Bridgewater Police Department is continuing their investigation into a motor vehicle crash between a sedan and a motorcycle on Bedford Street (Route 18) Thursday morning that resulted in the death of the motorcyclist.
The driver of the sedan, ANTHONY HATHAWAY, AGE 29, OF WHITMAN has been arrested and faces numerous charges including:
- Motor Vehicle Homicide while Operating Under the Influence of Drugs
- OUI Drugs
- Endangering a Child while Operating Under the Influence of Drugs
- Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Marked Lanes Violation
HATHAWAY was taken to the hospital for evaluation after the crash and has since been released and is in the custody of Bridgewater Police.
At approximately 11:50 a.m. Thursday, police, firefighters and paramedics responded to the area of 350 Bedford St. Upon arrival, rescuers found a Toyota sedan and motorcycle that had crashed. The motorcycle rider was found with serious, life-threatening injuries. The motorcycle rider was transported via Bridgewater Fire ambulance to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton where he was pronounced dead.
The victim’s identity is not being released pending positive identification and notification of his next of kin.
HATHAWAY remained at the scene. An investigation determined he was under the influence of drugs, and he was arrested. Inside his vehicle was a 7-year-old boy, who was unharmed in the crash. The child has been placed in the care of his mother.
The initial investigation indicates that HATHAWAY was travelling northbound on Route 18 when he allegedly crossed the center line and drove into the southbound lane of traffic in order to pass the vehicle in front of him.
The motorcycle rider was travelling southbound when he was struck head-on by the sedan.
The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Police Department.
HATHAWAY will likely be arraigned Friday in Brockton District Court.
Route 18, from Cottage Street to Winter Street, will be closed in both directions for several hours while the crash is being investigated.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.