Notre Dame St. accident victim identified

WESTFIELD – A city woman who was struck by a car on her way to work Friday morning and died Sunday evening at Baystate Medical Center has been identified.
Gail A. Dearellano, 72, of 42 Putnam Drive, was struck at 6:40 a.m. by a 2004 Hyundai Accent operated westbound on Notre Dame Street by a male Westfield resident in his 40’s. No charges have been filed at this time and the driver’s identity is not being released.
The operator of the Hyundai immediately called police to report his car had struck the woman who, he said, was not awake but appeared to be breathing.

A city ambulance crew was the first emergency response team to get to the accident scene, arriving at 6:44 a.m.. and departed to take the woman to Baystate Medical Center eight minutes later.
The woman, a Mestek Inc. employee, was apparently crossing the street on her way to work after parking her vehicle in the company parking lot on the south side of Notre Dame Street.
There is a crosswalk in the area of the crash but, since the crash remains under investigation by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the city’s Traffic Bureau, the actual site of the crash has not been determined.
Police reported Monday that Dearellano passed away at the hospital about 8 p.m. Sunday.

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