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Taunton softball honoring Assonet woman born in Fall River who was killed in fatal pedestrian crash



Taunton softball is honoring one of their own after a fatal pedestrian crash in New Bedford.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on August 20, 2022, state and local police were called to an area of Route 140 North in New Bedford after receiving a 911 call about a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian incident.

51-year-old Christopher Noguera of New Bedford was driving northbound on Route 140 in his Ford F-150 when he crossed over into the breakdown lane and slammed into 45-year-old Joy Swartzendruber of Assonet, who was standing next to her Toyota Avalon on the side of the roadway.

On Wednesday, Noguera was sentenced to the maximum of two-and-a-half years in the house of corrections.

On Friday, Taunton softball, where Swartzendruber played, began honoring her with a series of softball tournaments.

Hartshorn Park on Longmeadow Road featured Men’s Softball on Friday. CO-ED is set for September 22nd, and Women on September 29th. Each tourney begins at 6:00 p.m. and features raffles, food/beverage stand, DJs, and softball from those who knew Swartzendruber or just want to help keep her memory alive. All proceeds go to Swartzendruber’s family.

Those who knew Swartzendruber described her as an all-around good athlete who was the life of the party and had a zest for life. Someone who is greatly missed by her friends and loved ones.

According to Dighton Police, Joy served with the DPD as both a Reserve Police Officer and Communications Dispatcher for many years.

Swartzendruber was born in Fall River, served in the U.S. Army and loved animals.

Those who knew her plan on continuing to honor her memory.

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