Tuesday May 1, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Katrina Jamross sits by a window at the MyCom Federal Credit Union at 101 Fenn St., and she always looks out when she sees a car pulling in to park.

On Monday, one of those cars struck the building, a few feet from her window.

Elizabeth Oakes of Hinsdale was attempting to park her black 2005 Subaru Forester on the east side of the credit union Monday when she hit the accelerator instead of the brake, according to Police Officer Michael Silverberg.

The car hopped the curb and struck the side of the red brick structure around 9:23 a.m.

"I was facing my computer," which faces the window, Jamross said. "I always look when I see a car parking. I put my head down, and all of a sudden the car came flying at me."

The building received only minor damage, but Jamross said the impact of the collision knocked a mirror off the wall in her office.

"It was very stressful," she said.

According to witnesses and police, Oakes backed her car up after striking the credit union, then parked it.

"She got out and we said, ‘Are you OK?’, Jamross said. "She said, ‘Yeah, but I don’t think your building is.’ "

Oakes, the lone passenger in her vehicle, was treated inside the credit union by medical personnel, then transported by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center. She was treated and released, BMC spokesman Michael Leary said.

Police found her to be at fault, but did not issue Oakes a citation. Charges will not be filed.

No injuries were reported, but the employees inside the credit union were stunned.

"It shocked us," said Nancy Canino, who works with Jamross.