Tuesday December 18, 2012

Area police are urging motorists and pedestrians to be cautious at crosswalks following separate incidents this weekend that resulted in two pedestrians being hospitalized.

Michele Pzena, 21, of Lee, suffered a broken leg after being struck by a Honda SUV while in a crosswalk near downtown Lee late Sunday afternoon, according to local police.

Pzena was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where she was listed in stable condition on Monday.

The driver, Brian Yerrick, 44, of Lee, was cited for failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The incident occurred on Park Street, near High Street around 5 p.m., just as it was getting dark.

"Motorists need to use more caution, especially at night, going slower than usual and come to a crawl at crosswalks," said Lee police officer Ryan Lucy.

On Saturday night in Pittsfield, 18-year-old Michael Collins was struck by a pick-up truck after darting into traffic on Tyler Street -- 10 feet from a crosswalk -- city police said on Monday.

Collins was also listed in stable condition at BMC on Monday.

The driver, Ryan Errichetto, 20, of Pittsfield, wasn’t charged. Police faulted Collins for failure to use caution crossing Tyler Street after getting off a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus in front of Zenner’s Package Variety Store.

"Even if pedestrians are about to use a crosswalk, it doesn’t automatically give them a green light," said Lucy. "They need to look both ways before crossing."

To reach Dick Lindsay:
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