A Holyoke police officer died Thursday night due to complication from injuries he sustained in a cruiser crash two months ago.
Officer David T. Zolendziewski’s cruiser skidded on a patch of ice before striking a tree on Dec. 28.
The 23-year-veteran rushed to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for emergency surgery and had been out of work since; according to Chief Anthony R. Scott.
He spent several weeks in the Baystate intensive care unit, and was transferred earlier this month to Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts in Ludlow.
Zolendziewski suffered complications Thursday, and was rushed back to Baystate, where he succumbed to his injuries.
He is the fourth Holyoke police officer to die in the line of duty and the first since Officer John DiNapoli was murdered in 1999.
Funeral arrangements are pending.