An investigation is underway to determine if the cause of a head-on crash with a Framingham state trooper is due to a car race. Just after 1 a.m. on March 9th, State Trooper Edward Treseler was hit head-on by Alejandro Ramos, 27, of Framingham, who had crossed over the double yellow line on Route 30 in Framingham. Treseler was taken to Framingham Union Hospital and has been released. Ramos, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was taken by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital with severe head injuries. Driving next to Ramos’ vehicle, in the other traffic lane, was Falcaneri P. Fuentes, 31, and his passenger, Yenci Pineda, 19, also both from Framingham. Fuentes and Pineda were not injured. Police report that both vehicles were going twice the speed limit, at least 70 mph in a clearly marked 35 mph area. Neither driver has been charged yet but they will be summoned for recklessly operating a vehicle, speeding, violating a marked lane, and driving without a license.
According to State Police, Treseler was at least the 11th trooper involved in a serious accident in the past 15 months that has been attributed to civilian reckless driving, speeding, or impaired driving. This year alone, three troopers have been involved in serious car accidents. Rick Brown, President of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, says that these crashes are due to fewer troopers on the road: “We’re down almost 500 troopers, so when drivers see us every 20 or 30 miles instead of every five or 10 miles, they tend to drive faster…We haven’t had a new class in almost five years…It’s a public safety issue, and it’s something that will also protect us more.” According to David Procopio, from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the last class of troopers graduated in 2006, at which point there were 2,600 troopers and now there are less than 2,100.
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Trooper OK after cruiser is hit head-on, Boston Globe, March 10, 2011
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