Belchertown teen dies in Granby car crash


Staff Writer
Friday, March 08, 2019

GRANBY — A Belchertown teenager died Tuesday in an early morning car crash in Granby, according to Massachusetts State Police.

Brendan Conroy, 18, who was a senior at Belchertown High School, was killed when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a stone wall and tree on East State Street (Route 202), according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Conroy was the only person in the vehicle and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Granby police had responded to a report of a Nissan Xterra “operating erratically” on Monday at around midnight. An officer located the vehicle traveling north on Route 202. The driver then allegedly “sped away from the officer,” passed another vehicle, lost control and crashed, state police said. 

“It’s hard for the community and the whole school,” said Matt Crutch, head coach of the Belchertown High School varsity hockey team. Conroy was a member of the hockey team, but was not active on the team at the time of his death, Crutch said.

“It’s been difficult times,” Crutch said, adding that the team has to “rely on each other to help each other through it. A difficult time, though.”

Conroy was due for a court appearance on March 6 after he was arraigned on assault and battery charges in January. The charges stem from an incident in which Conroy allegedly broke another student’s jaw and caused other injuries to the student in a school bathroom.

The crash is being investigated by state police assigned to the Northwestern district attorney’s office, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.