Police Seek Public Assistance in Regards to Fatal Sunday Morning New Bedford Crash

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III

District Attorney​


April 26, 2021​​​

Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office are seeking public assistance in obtaining more information about a fatal crash, which occurred early Sunday morning. 

Police responded to the off ramp from Route 140 North to Braley Road around 2:30 am. Sunday after a motorist called 911 to report a crash with ejection. 

When first responders arrived on scene, they located the victim, 19-year-old Cameron Rodrigues of New Bedford, lying in the middle of the roadway.  The victim had sustained mortal injuries and was pronounced deceased at St. Luke’s Hospital at around 7 a.m. Sunday.

A preliminary investigation into the crash scene revealed the victim was driving his 2019 black Kia Optima along the off ramp at the time of the crash.  It appears the vehicle was traveling in the grass on the left side of the roadway and continued that path until it came to rest against a tree.  The vehicle sustained heavy damage.  Other evidence at the scene indicates that the victim was ejected from his vehicle after striking the tree and landed in the middle of the roadway.  It is also believed that, sometimes after the crash, an unknown vehicle traveled down the off ramp and dragged the victim to the area where he was eventually found by a passing motorist. 

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash, was driving in the area around 2:30 am or may have information about the unknown vehicle to contact Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office at 508-993-2016.  Police are only seeking to speak with the unknown motorist at this time.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications