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4 under 22-years-old from Massachusetts injured, 2 of them fatally, in serious weekend crash



Two Massachusetts residents under 22 years old were killed this past weekend and two others seriously injured in a double fatal crash.

According to Dave Procopio of Massachusetts State Police, at approximately 11:42 a.m. on Sunday morning, Troopers assigned to the State Police-Sturbridge Barracks responded to a crash involving a 2003 BMW 325XI that had rolled over on I-395 southbound in Webster at the 3.3-mile marker.

When Troopers arrived on scene, they discovered that three passengers had been ejected from the vehicle. All three passengers and the driver were transported to UMass Medical.

Two of the passengers were pronounced deceased at UMass Medical, Leeha Thompson, 21 of Southbridge, and Carlos Ortiz-Pomales, 20 of Framingham.

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the crash. The operator a 21-year-old Southbridge Female and the third passenger, a 20-year-old Framingham man were transported to UMass Medical with serious injuries.

Ortiz-Pomales’ sister Jessica spoke about her brother in a GoFundMe fundraiser created for funeral expenses.

“Carlos was only 20-year-old and so full of life. Anyone that knew Carlos knew he was loving, smart, kind, always had a hand to lend out, and the most amazing uncle, brother, son, grandson and friend that anyone can ask for.”

The crash remains under investigation by members of Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

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