District attorney’s office: Driver in Chesterfield fatal from Shelburne Falls

  • Courtesy Chesterfield Fire DepartmentChesterfield firefighters respond to a motor vehicle crash off Ireland Street late Saturday night in which a car went off the side of the road, plunged down a 30-foot embankment and flipped into the Westfield River. The driver and sole occupant, who died, has been identified as 24-year-old Cody Newton of Shelburne Falls. Courtesy Chesterfield Fire Department

For The Recorder
Monday, January 29, 2018

CHESTERFIELD — The Northwestern district attorney’s office said that 24-year-old Cody Newton of Shelburne Falls was the man who died in a car crash late Saturday after his vehicle went off Ireland Street and into a branch of the Westfield River.

The Chesterfield Fire Department was dispatched to the crash at 11:31 p.m., according to the department’s Facebook page. Chesterfield Fire Chief David Hewes said the vehicle went down a 30-foot embankment and flipped over into the river.

“One of our firefighters went into the river to remove the male from the car,” Hewes said. “We got him to the shore in a very short period of time, and care was given by the fire department and the Highland Ambulance crew.”

Hewes said Chesterfield Police, the Massachusetts State Police, and an accident reconstruction team also responded to the scene.

“Something like this is obviously tragic,” he said. “It was tough because the water was swift and cold and there was ice, but the crew did an unbelievable job of quickly getting him out.”

The car was badly damaged and Hewes said he could not identify the make or model. A large crane had to be used to remove the car from the river.

Newton was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. Sunday. According to Recorder files, Newton graduated from Turners Falls High School in 2011.