Springfield police cadet killed in Thanksgiving morning crash

A 23-year-old Springfield police cadet was killed in a single-car accident early Thanksgiving morning after he lost control of his car and hit a fire hydrant, police said.

Police said Max Moran, the cadet, had a bright future at the department. His father, Rick, is a sergeant who has worked at the department for 30 years.

“He was an intelligent, smart kid and he will be missed,” said Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney.

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Moran was off-duty when he was driving on Parker Street near Ellendale Circle in a 2006 Mini Cooper on Thanksgiving morning. At a bend in the road, he lost control and hit a fire hydrant, Delaney said. The car then flipped in the air and Moran was ejected. He died from the force of impact when he landed, at around 4 a.m.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, police said.

Moran was enrolled at Springfield Technical Community College at the time of his death, taking criminal justice courses. He was working toward an associates degree, a requirement to become a police officer, while also working five days a week at the department in various administrative capacities.

He was seven months into the cadet program, which usually takes three years, said Officer Charles Youmans, who recruited Moran.

“Once we told him what it would take to be a cadet, he was resourceful, and he was determined to become an officer,” Youmans said. “He was an outstanding young man.”