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Springfield man, 21, killed in Chicopee after State Police chase

A 21-year-old Springfield man was killed early Wednesday when his SUV crashed in Chicopee as he fled from State Police, authorities said.

State Police said Jackson Rosario had sped away from troopers who were trying to stop him for speeding on Interstate 391 in Chicopee.

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After the crash, troopers allegedly found a replica handgun and a large amount of cash in the GMC Envoy that Rosario was driving. The source of the cash is under investigation.

The incident began around 12:30 a.m. A trooper in a marked cruiser was patrolling I-391 southbound when an SUV approached from behind at high speed. The trooper changed lanes to let the SUV pass and then tried to pull the vehicle over for speeding, police said.

The SUV got off the interstate at Exit 2 and slowed to a stop on the off-ramp, but once the trooper exited his cruiser, Rosario drove off and looped back onto I-391, this time heading northbound, police said.

The trooper lost sight of the vehicle, but continued heading north. About a minute later, he found the SUV crashed at the bottom of the Exit 3 ramp. Rosario had been ejected and was declared dead at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield just before 2 a.m.

State Police said Rosario had a learner’s permit, not a full driver’s license.

The crash and the pursuit are under investigation.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com.
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