Police identify man injured in motorcycle crash

SE Mass

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — Police have identified the motorcyclist involved in a crash in Taunton that happened Friday night.

Investigators say around 7 p.m., Robert Souza, 49, was riding on Alfred Lord Boulevard in the area of Worcester Street, when he collided with a minivan and careened into a gas station parking lot.

Stanley Johnson lives across the street and witnessed the aftermath.

“We heard a couple loud bangs. We weren’t sure what it was so we immediately jumped out to the door and looked out and saw a vehicle parked off to the side and saw people converging around motorcycle in the parking lot. It didn’t look good so we called 911,” Stanley Johnson said.

Souza suffered serious injuries and was taken by a medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center.

A fire deputy chief said Souza was conscious but suffered injuries to the right side of his body that are considered life-threatening.

“It me personally because right up the street a few years back I was in a motorcycle crash so it hit me hard. As a brother biker, I pray for you and your family and as a biker I know you are a tough person and you will get through this,” Johnson said.

Taunton police said the driver of the other vehicle, Michael DeOliveira, 37, from Fall River, and a passenger, were not injured.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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