Internal Investigation Opened Into Police Pursuit That Led to Deadly Crash in Cotuit

Three people lost their lives as a result of Saturday's crash in Cotuit when one vehicle involved in a police chase slammed head-on into another vehicle

What to Know

  • Mashpee police officials say the internal investigation into the crash on Route 28 July 28 in Cotuit is still active and ongoing.
  • The focus of the investigation is to determine if the actions of the police officers involved in the pursuit are consistent with policy.
  • The driver being pursued by police, Mickey Rivera, struck a vehicle head-on, killing himself, his passenger and the other driver.

An internal investigation has been opened into the circumstances surrounding a police pursuit that led to a deadly crash in Cotuit, Massachusetts last weekend.

Mashpee Police Chief Scott Carline said in a statement Wednesday that the investigation into the crash on Route 28 on Saturday is still active and ongoing but will focus on the actions of the officers.

"It would be inappropriate for me to comment on an active investigation until all the facts have been gathered regarding this incident," Carline said in the statement. "The focus of the internal investigation is to determine if the actions of the police officers involved in the pursuit are consistent with the Mashpee Police Department's policy regarding police pursuits."

Carline said once the investigation has been completed, further information will be released.

Authorities said Barnstable police responded to the crash just after midnight Saturday after police in nearby Mashpee said they initiated a chase with 22-year-old Mickey Rivera's car.

Police radio reports indicated the chase started after officers received a report of erratic driving and speeding.

NBC10 Boston Investigators learned that Rivera had his license suspended in June after he failed a chemical test.

Upon arrival to the crash scene, Rivera was pronounced dead after the Toyota he was driving slammed head-on into a GMC SUV driven by Kevin Quinn, a U.S. Marine veteran and new father who was returning from the hospital after visiting his wife and newborn daughter. Quinn died at South Shore Hospital shortly after the crash. Rivera's passenger, 24-year-old Jocelyn Goyette, died from her injuries on Sunday, her family told NBC10 Boston.

The Barnstable Police Department put out a release on Wednesday saying it "regretfully reports the passing of 24-year-old Jocelyn Goyette" and extending the department's condolences to her family.

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