PITTSFIELD -- Jo Ann Losinger, a longtime communications and arts marketing specialist in the local cultural community, has passed away due to injuries sustained in a bus accident last week.
According to the Pittsfield Police Department and friends, Losinger, 61, died Sunday evening. She had been listed in critical condition since Thursday, when she was struck by a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus while reportedly crossing the intersection of West and Center streets. Police say she was close to home at the time of the accident.
Losinger had worked at various cultural institutions in the Berkshires, including the Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Music School, Berkshire Museum, Close Encounters with Music, among many others.
"She was so filled with ideas and creativity. She was vibrant and really a joy to be around. This is a tragedy," said Laurie Norton Moffat, director and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Before working in the Berkshires, Losinger had worked as a marketing professional for the Clemens Performing Arts Center and Arnot Art Museum, both located in Elmira, N.Y.
She had also served on boards of the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce, HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Berkshire Visitors Bureau, and of organizations in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
Several phone messages have been left by The Eagle seeking comment from the BRTA, but have not yet been returned. The BRTA was not in operation Monday due to the Labor Day holiday, and is also closed on Sundays.
Since the passing of Losinger, investigators from the Pittsfield Police Department have been in touch with the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office to determine whether any charges will be brought up against the operator of the bus, Charles Hillard, 63, of Pittsfield.
The investigation of this incident continues. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Pittsfield Police Officer James McIntyre at (413) 448-9700, ext. 341, with any additional information.