Authorities find Springfield woman who fled Ashfield crash; driver arraigned on charges

  • Authorities on Wednesday were searching for a young woman who reportedly fled into the woods after the SUV in which she was a passenger crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Cummington Road and Plainfield Road (Route 116), taking out a stop sign and slamming into this tree. STAFF PHOTO/DOMENIC POLI

  • The 21-year-old Springfield woman who fled into the woods following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Cummington Road and Plainfield Road (Route 116) on Wednesday afternoon was located by authorities shortly before 11 p.m. that night. Joshua Acevedo, 20, of Springfield, was allegedly driving the vehicle the woman was in when it crashed. He also fled and was arrested at a Goshen restaurant at 4:40 p.m. STAFF PHOTO/DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer
Published: 7/22/2021 6:44:27 PM

ASHFIELD — The woman who fled into the woods following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Cummington Road and Plainfield Road (Route 116) on Wednesday was located by authorities shortly before 11 p.m. that night, while the driver was arraigned in Greenfield District Court Thursday on 10 charges.

Joshua O. Acevedo, 20, of Springfield, who was allegedly driving the vehicle the woman was in when it crashed, is facing charges of speeding at a rate exceeding the posted limit, failure to stop for a police officer, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license (subsequent offense), unlicensed possession/carrying of a firearm, receiving a firearm with a defaced serial number, possession of ammunition without an FID card, unlicensed carrying of a loaded firearm, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and a firearms violation with one prior violent/drug crime. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf, according to court documents.

According to Plainfield Police Chief Justin Litchfield, the vehicle Acevedo was allegedly driving was clocked by Plainfield Police Sgt. Matthew Miazga going 73 mph in a 45 mph zone. The dark-colored BMW SUV reportedly did not stop for Miazga.

Litchfield said the suspect’s vehicle was going 123 mph in a 35 mph zone when Miazga ended his pursuit.

“It was a very good judgment call,” Litchfield said, on his sergeant’s decision to stop chasing the vehicle.

Miazga was subsequently flagged down in Plainfield by a passerby who reported a crash in Ashfield. Miazga then informed Ashfield Police and was the first person on the scene, rendering aid and taking statements.

According to State Police Lt. Paul Sullivan, Acevedo fled the accident scene in Ashfield and was arrested at the Spruce Corner Restaurant in Goshen at 4:40 p.m. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Northampton for processing.

Following Thursday’s arraignment, Acevedo is being held on dangerousness at the Franklin County Jail and House of Correction for 120 days, after which time he will be held on $10,000 bail, the court documents state. He is due back in court on Aug. 19 for a judge’s hearing.

Once she was located in the woods near the crash scene, the unidentified 21-year-old woman from Springfield who was in Acevedo’s vehicle was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton for facial injuries.

At the intersection of Cummington Road and Plainfield Road shortly before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Ashfield Police Chief Beth Bezio said the search in the woods for the missing woman had involved the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing as well as four-wheelers and tracking dogs. Bezio said State Police troopers were leading the investigation, with assistance from the Ashfield, Plainfield and Goshen police departments and the Ashfield and Plainfield fire departments.

The driver of the vehicle that Acevedo reportedly struck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Bezio said.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262. Reporter Bera Dunau contributed to this story.




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