PITTSFIELD — A city woman escaped a major accident with injuries after a car reported stolen ran a stop light and crashed into her Jeep Cherokee, causing it to spin and roll.

Kelly McAllister, 25, said she was ejected from the vehicle while it rolled. It came to rest on her right leg, pinning her to the road.

According to Pittsfield Police Capt. David Granger, the driver of the other car, a 2002 Volvo, fled the scene after the wreck, which occurred just before 6 p.m. last Friday at the corner of Dewey and Columbus avenues.

McAllister said the impact was so hard that her Jeep spun around twice and rolled over twice. Luckily, she only suffered abrasions, a partially collapsed lung and compressed tissue damage to her leg. She was hospitalized overnight at Berkshire Medical Center.

"The outcome could have been much worse," McAllister said. "The injuries are not nearly as bad as they could be."

Granger said the Volvo was traveling south on Dewey when the driver ran through a flashing red light and hit the Jeep, which ended up resting on the driver side after spinning and rolling.

Police are seeking information on the driver and witnesses to the wreck. Granger said that when contacted by police after the incident, the owner of the Volvo, Mark Mahoney of Pittsfield, said he was just about to report that the car had been stolen earlier that day.

Anyone with information on the incident should call Traffic Investigation Officer Marc Maddalena at 413-448-9700 extension 339.


McAllister had a message for the driver of the Volvo.

"He should man up and turn himself in," she said. "It could have been much worse — he could have been facing a manslaughter charge."