Wednesday February 29, 2012

SHEFFIELD - A Sheffield woman was killed and another motorist seriously injured in a five-vehicle crash on Route 7 - allegedly caused by a repeat drunk driver, police said.

Moira Banks-Dobson, 24, was driving south in her Toyota Corolla near Kellogg Road about 7 p.m. on Tuesday when she was rammed by a northbound Ford F-350 pick-up. Dobson died from her injuries.

The truck, driven by Frederick Weller, 35, of Sandy Hook, Conn., also struck three other southbound vehicles, according to Sheffield Police Chief James McGarry. One of the other drivers, Russell Brown, 52, of Great Barrington was initially taken to Berkshire Medical Center then airlifted to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. His condition was not available.

Four people in the other two vehicles involved received minor injuries or were unhurt, police said. Weller was transported to BMC and was listed in stable condition Wednesday night, hospital officials said.

He is expected to face several charges including operating under the influence - fifth offense if convicted - motor vehicle homicide and operating to endanger, police said.

McGarry said the fatal crash was about one and a half miles north of The Bridge restaurant. He noted investigators and emergency responders were on the scene for four hours on Tuesday evening and detoured traffic. The road was reopened by Wednesday morning.

The Sheffield Police Department was assisted on the scene by Great Barrington police, members of the state police accident reconstruction unit, Sheffield and Great Barrington fire departments, Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad and ambulance services from North Canaan, Conn. McGarry said it's been a couple of years since the town has had a fatal accident. He said the portion of Route 7 is a straight stretch of road with a posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

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