Police and the Norfolk County District Attorney are urging members of the public who know more about a mattress left on Route 24 on Sunday to come forward with information in connection to a fatal crash that took the life of a 32-year-old Brockton man.
BROCKTON – Anyone who may have sold or given away a mattress over the weekend in Massachusetts is being asked to assist police in the investigation of a fatal highway crash.
Massachusetts State Police and a district attorney are urging members of the public who know more about a mattress dropped on Route 24 on Sunday to come forward with information in connection to a fatal crash that took the life of a 32-year-old Brockton man.
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The Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office said police are investigating whether the presence of the mattress on the highway caused Stefon Thomas to crash his car into a tree off the side of the road on Route 24 Northbound just after Exit 20 in Randolph around 8:15 p.m. on Sunday. Thomas, who was driving a 2009 Nissan Maxima, died as a result of the crash. Thomas was the only one in the vehicle. He was 32 years old.
“The first call to 911 indicating the presence of a mattress in the roadway came minutes before the crash, but that caller did not see how the mattress got there,” said District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, in a statement released on Monday night. “We would be interested in anyone who might have seen a mattress dislodge from a vehicle in that area last night, or to speak to the person who lost the mattress they were transporting.”
Morrisey said police are asking anyone who may have given away or sold a mattress online through Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, or any other method, to contact investigators. Investigators are eyeing online person-to-person sales because retail stores are generally closed for mattress sales as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Anyone with more information is asked to call the Massachusetts State Police Milton Barracks at, 617-698-5840.
“Most stores may be closed because of COVID-19, but there may still be private transactions taking place,” Morrissey said. “If you sold or gave away a mattress on Sunday to someone who might have been taking that road, please let police know.”