CHESTERFIELD, Mass. — Authorities say a 24-year-old man has died after his car crashed into a western Massachusetts river.

Police say at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday the car struck a guard rail, a utility pole and a bridge railing before plunging about 30 feet down an embankment and ending up on its roof in the West Branch Stream in Chesterfield.

The victim was identified Monday as Cody Newton, of Shelburne Falls.

A firefighter went into the swiftly flowing, icy water to pull Newton from his vehicle. He was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton where he was pronounced dead several hours later.

No one else was in the vehicle.

Police say it appears the driver failed to negotiate a turn, but the crash remains under investigation.


This story has been corrected to show that the victim was 24, not 23, per Northwestern district attorney’s office.