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Officer Down: Special Agent Kimberly D. Place - [West Springfield, Massachusetts]
Age: 43 Cause of Death: Automobile Accident Additional Information: Agent Place was returning from an enforcement operation in New Hampshire at the time of the accident.
Incident Details: Special Agent Place was killed when her vehicle was struck head-on on I-91 in West Springfield, Massachusetts, at approximately 6:30 pm. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident had lost control of his speeding vehicle, crossed the center median, and struck her vehicle. The other driver was also killed in the accident.
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Victim of head-on crash was US agent
The Boston Globe
WEST SPRINGFIELD - A 43-year-old special agent returning from an enforcement operation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was one of two people killed Wednesday in a car crash in West Springfield.
Kimberly Place of Westfield was assigned to the Springfield Gun Task Force. Eduardo Gonzalez, 19, of Springfield, also died in the crash.
State Police say a preliminary investigation indicated that Gonzalez was driving on Interstate 91 north about 6:40 p.m. when he lost control of his car, which traveled through the median into the southbound lanes and collided head-on with the car being driven by Place.
Police said speed may have been a factor in the accident. Place was a Gloucester native who began her ATF career in 1987, the ATF said in a statement.
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