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Greenfield man hurt in motorcycle crash in South Hadley

SOUTH HADLEY — Police continue to investigate a Tuesday night crash that involved a Greenfield motorcyclist and a sedan, injured two people and shut down a section of Route 202 for several hours.

“The preliminary investigation into this matter suggests that the motorcycle’s speed may have been a contributing factor,” Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, said Wednesday.

Authorities have identified Alexandru Vacarciuc, 24, of Greenfield, as the motorcyclist injured in the crash at around 5:30 p.m. Police say Vacarciuc rear-ended a car turning onto Route 202 from Brigham Road.

South Hadley Police Chief David J. LaBrie said South Hadley officers who were on the scene said Vacarciuc was conscious and speaking after the crash and described his motorcycle as being “in pieces in the road.”

Vacarciuc was transported to Baystate Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the district attorney’s office. The driver of the sedan, who police did not identify, suffered minor injuries, LaBrie said.

The accident occurred only minutes after Granby police reported seeing a motorcycle traveling south on Route 202 at an estimated 100 miles per hour toward South Hadley.

A Granby patrol officer who had turned on his lights and siren and attempted to pursue the motorcycle was ordered to stop any pursuit for public safety reasons, Granby Police Sgt. Gary Poehler said Tuesday night.

Vacarciuc crashed into the sedan about 1 mile over the town line into South Hadley and about 1.5 miles from where the Granby officer had seen the motorcycle speeding.

LaBrie said he expects charges will be filed.

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