HULL — Acting Chief Neil Reilly reports that an incident involving a Hull Police officer, which resulted in a fatality is currently under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police.
On Thursday, Jan. 6, at 10:09 p.m., Hull Police received a report about a vehicle stolen from an autobody shop on Nantasket Avenue.
A short time later, a police officer in the area of Nantasket Avenue spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one stolen traveling in the opposite direction of his cruiser. The officer turned his cruiser around to follow the alleged stolen vehicle. As the alleged stolen vehicle was turning from George Washington Boulevard onto Rockaway Avenue, the vehicle crashed into a pole.
The officer immediately rendered first aid to the passenger of the stolen vehicle, who sustained serious injuries, but the passenger died on scene. The driver fled the scene on foot. Their identity and whereabouts are unknown at this time.
The officer involved in the incident was not injured, but was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. The officer has been placed on paid leave, as is the standard procedure, as the incident is investigated.
The name of the passenger is not being released at this time.
The investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Massachusetts State Police. The Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section responded to the scene.
All further inquires on this matter should be referred to the State Police.