Updated: 6:53 PM
SHARON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — State Police said a young man from Sharon was killed by an erratic driver on Route 1 Sunday night. The Norfolk County DA's Office identified 21-year-old Kevin Earley as the victim in the car crash. The suspect in the crash, Nicholas Snyder of Wrentham, was arraigned in Stoughton District Court Monday afternoon on motor vehicle homicide and other charges, according to WBZ-TV. Snyder was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.
State Police said a witness called the police at about 8:00 PM on Sunday night, saying a car was driving "dangerously and erratically" on Route 1 North in Foxborough. A state trooper said they saw Snyder's car blow through a work zone and almost hit a worker on the construction detail who had climbed back into his struck seconds before Snyder flew past.
Police began to give chase, but Troop H Headquarters cancelled the pursuit before the trooper could reach the speeding car.
Snyder then allegedly smashed into the rear of a Subaru driven by Kevin Earley, and hit a truck headed in the opposite direction before finally coming to a stop.
Earley was fatally injured in the crash. Snyder had non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The driver of the truck also had non-life threatening injuries.
"Always willing to help when called upon."
The Sharon Firefighter's Association said Earley was the son of retired Sharon Firefighter Tim Earley. The local union began a collection drive to raise funds for the family and help with funeral arrangements.
Earley was a dedicated member of the Sharon Historical Society, according to a public statement by the organization. "Kevin was our youngest member and a very active member of the Society, always willing to help when called upon," the Society said.
The organization said he's survived by his parents, sister, and three grandparents.