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27-year-old Massachusetts father of 4-year-old identified as man killed in highway pedestrian crash



Officials have released the name of a young Massachusetts father that was killed this past weekend after being struck by multiple vehicles.

According to Massachusetts State Police, shortly after 11:30 p.m. last night Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police-Holden Barracks responded a report of a pedestrian struck on Route 290 westbound west of exit 20 in Worcester. Upon arrival Troopers determined that 27-year-old Jamal Mustapha from Worcester, had been struck by multiple vehicles.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Mustapha had been struck by an unknown vehicle, possibly a tractor trailer. Evidence indicates that he was subsequently struck by other vehicles. None of the vehicles stopped. It is unclear if any of the operators knew they had struck a person.

Mustapha was determined to be deceased at the scene.

The father of a 4-year-old boy is being remembered by friends and family as a talent basketball player who was always trying to better himself.

According to friend Aaron Anniballi who has setup a GoFundMe fundraiser for the young son and for funeral expenses, “Jamal was a 2018 Worcester State graduate and 2013 graduate from Doherty High School. Jamal played on the Worcester State Basketball team and dedicated his time, energy, and effort to become the best version of himself for those around him. Striving to learn how to better himself for his family and (his son’s) future.”

The crash remains under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and State Police Detective Unit for Worcester County. State Police were assisted at the scene by Worcester Fire and Police, MA Department of Transportation and the Office if the Chief Medical Examiner.

Anyone who witnessed any part of this incident or who has information about this crash is asked to contact Trooper Couture at the Holden Barracks at 508-829-8410.

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