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Seekonk police officer among those killed in Somerset motorcycle crash



Photo courtesy of Seekonk Police

Seekonk Police Chief David Enos has announced the untimely passing of Patrolwoman Kourtny DeForitis.

Early Saturday morning, Ptlw. DeForitis of East Taunton was involved in an off-duty fatal motor vehicle crash, as a passenger on a motorcycle in Somerset, MA.

Ptlw. DeForitis served with the Seekonk Police Department for just under 3 years, having attended the Cape Cod Municipal Police Academy in 2021. Since that time, she has been assigned to the Patrol Division and according to Enos was outstanding in her various roles as a community outreach officer.

Kourtny had a particular fondness for the youth of Seekonk and could be found playfully interacting with them in the schools and at community events, usually with a bright smile on her face and a contagious laugh.

The men and women of the Seekonk Police Department offered their sincere condolences to Ptlw. DeForitis’ family and friends.

Second victim’s name released in double fatal motorcycle crash in Somerset, no charges filed

At just before 1:15 a.m., Somerset Police received a report of a vehicle that had struck a telephone pole at the Route 103 rotary.

Upon arrival, officers located a motorcycle and a vehicle with two victims lying in the roadway. The male victim, who is believed to be the operator of the motorcycle, was pronounced dead on-scene. DeForitis was transported by Somerset EMS to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The identity of the deceased driver of the motorcycle has not yet been released.

The driver of the vehicle was transported by Somerset EMS to a nearby hospital out of an abundance of caution.

The preliminary investigation by the Somerset Police Department suggests the motorcycle entered the rotary in the wrong direction, colliding with the vehicle.

The investigation into the crash remains active and on-going. Somerset Police are investigating with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section Unit and Detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.

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