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Fatal crash near state line under investigation

By Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

LONGMEADOW – Authorities from Massachusetts and Connecticut continue to investigate an Aug. 22 fatal crash and the events that led up to it.

At approximately 11:20 a.m. that day, 47-year-old David Cersosimo of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, plowed into a U.S. Postal Service vehicle in on Route 5 in Longmeadow near the state border while attempting to evade Enfield Police. The crash killed Cersosimo and Daniel Nacin, a 59-year-old postal worker from Enfield, Connecticut.

A memorial service for Nacin takes place today, Thursday, Aug. 29 at Leete-Stevens Enfield Funeral Home. According to his obituary, Nacin was a married father of two sons. He had been a postal worker for 40-years and was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the secretary-treasurer of that union’s Merged Branch 86 and the vice president of the Connecticut State Association of Letter Carriers. He had also served the community as a youth hockey and baseball coach.

In a social media post, his son Andrew described his father as “a selfless public servant, union officer, huge New York sports fan, coach, longtime Deadhead, a loving husband, and an exceptionally proud father.” He also encouraged those to make memorial donations to local hospices, the Postal Employees Relief Fund and to become organ and blood donors.

According to Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, Cersosimo refused to stop for Enfield police on Route 5 and sideswiped a vehicle with his pickup truck in Enfield before crossing into Longmeadow and striking Nacin’s vehicle. Massachusetts State Police announced shortly thereafter that detectives, Crime Scene and Accident Reconstruction troopers were on the scene. Longmeadow Street was closed down from the state line to Elm Avenue for several hours.

In the wake of the crash, residents on social media and media outlets alike have questioned the methods used by Enfield police in their attempt to stop Cersosimo, but Enfield Police Chief Alaric Fox stated his officers’ actions were appropriate.

In a prepared statement, Fox said, “We recognize the tragic outcome of this event. Our preliminary assessment is that the involved officers’ conduct was in accord with the department’s policy, although we will be conducting both a supervisory critique and analysis and an internal affairs investigation in this matter.”

Fox’s statement also noted that because of the involvement of other law enforcement agencies conducting investigations, the Enfield Police Department would not comment further.

The Connecticut State Police would conduct an investigation into the events that occurred in Connecticut, Fox said. Meanwhile, according to Gulluni, the Massachusetts portion of the incident is being investigated by the Motor Vehicle Homicide Unit of Hampden District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the Longmeadow Police Department.

The Massachusetts State Police Office of Media Relations did not respond to a request for information as of press time. The Connecticut State Police Public Information Office acknowledged a request for comment but did not provide a statement as of press time.