CHATHAM - A 22-year-old Longmeadow man was struck by a Chatham police cruiser early Thursday morning. According to a Chatham police release, an officer was responding to a call just after 4 a.m. when he ran over an "unknown object" on Crowell Road.
The officer, whose name is being withheld, stopped the cruiser and discovered a person in the roadway. The officer began medical aid and called for assistance. The victim, who has been identified as Garrett Gagne, was transported to Cape Cod Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Gagne's condition before being struck by the cruiser is unknown. It is also unknown how or why Gagne came to be lying in the road, police said.
According to police, Gagne was in Chatham with friends to celebrate New Year's Eve. Police are working to locate Gagne's friends who were not immediately reachable.
Chatham police called in a State Police Crash Reconstruction Team and State Police detectives with the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office to assist in the investigation.
Gagne was a lacrosse player at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY according to the school's athletics website. St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox said in a statement, "Wisdom and meaning seem impossible right now in the midst of our immediate, heart-breaking sadness. We must, of course, give our best and most loving thoughts to Garrett's family and friends in a day of such sudden deep grief."
The section of the roadway where the incident occurred has no street lights or lighting from other sources, police said.