Assonet Woman Killed in Early-Morning New Bedford Crash
An Assonet woman was killed in an early-morning crash Saturday on Route 140 in New Bedford.
According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, the crash occurred at about 2:30 a.m. on August 20.
The victim has been identified as Joy Swartzendruber, 45, of Assonet.
Her vehicle, a Toyota Avalon, had been pulled over in the shoulder of the two-lane highway, the D.A.’s Office said, and for reasons unknown at this time appears to have been outside her vehicle along the driver’s side.
A Ford F-150 driven by a 50-year-old New Bedford man appears to have sideswiped the rear driver’s side of the Toyota, the D.A.’s Office said, and struck Swartzendruber. She was declared deceased at the scene.
The driver of the truck remained on the scene and was cooperative with police and was not found to be under the influence. The D.A.’s Office said he is not presently under arrest, but his truck was seized and the investigation remains ongoing as to whether or not there will be any criminal charges.