CUMMINGTON -- An investigation continued Monday into a fatal Route 9 accident Friday in which a Pittsfield man died.
The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office reports that Frank H. Stillman Jr., 67, was driving a sport utility vehicle west on Route 9 in Cummington around 3 p.m. on Friday, when the SUV crossed the center line and collided with a gas tanker truck. The collision was near the Windsor town line.
Stillman died as a result of the crash. The driver of the gas tanker was not injured. There were no passengers in either vehicle.
The road was closed to secure and manage the scene and no tanker fuel leaked.
The incident is being investigated by members of the Cummington Police Department, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, and the state police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS).
No charges are expected to be filed, according to the district attorney’s office.
Longtime Ken’s Bowl adult and youth league organizer Lou Orazio told The Eagle that Stillman was a professional bowler who did many regional tours, was "very much involved in drum corps," and was a Boston Red Sox fan.
According to Eagle archives, Stillman was a graduate of Pittsfield High School and an honors graduate of Berkshire Community College. He was a training systems administrator for General Electric Ordnance.
He was a professional bowler in the 1980s. He bowled a perfect 300 in October in 1980, while competing in a Professional Bowlers’ Association regional tournament at Skytop Lanes in Torrington, Conn. He also bowled in the 1981 Showboat Invitational in Las Vegas. After finishing his professional career, he continued to serve as a bowling instructor and coach for local leagues.
Stillman spent three years in the U.S. Army, including a year of service in Korea.
He was a past member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He was also on the board of directors for the Pittsfield Red Knights Drum & Bugle Corps.