The Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office is investigating after a Chatham police cruiser ran over and killed a college lacrosse player who was lying on an unlit road early on Thursday, authorities said.
Garrett Gagne, 22, of Longmeadow, was lying in the road at about 4 a.m. when he was struck by a Chatham police car responding to an emergency call, police said in a statement.
Gagne, a senior at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, was taken to Cape Cod Hospital where was later pronounced dead.
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It said the incident was under investigation and it was not known why Gagne was in the road or his condition.
Gagne, a four-year lacrosse player at St. Lawrence and a government major, had been in Chatham to celebrate New Year's Eve with friends.
William Fox, president of the university, said the school had set up a memorial website for Gagne and would hold a memorial gathering for him.
“Wisdom and meaning seem impossible right now in the midst of our immediate, heart-breaking sadness,” he said in a statement.
Reuters contributed to this report.