Friday December 28, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The driver of a pickup truck that struck a pedestrian and then a truck on Fourth Street on Thursday died of a medical condition about an hour afterward, according to Pittsfield police. The pedestrian is in critical care.

The pickup truck driver, Frank Speth, 83, of 119 Orlando Ave., Pittsfield, was pronounced dead at Berkshire Medical Center.

Police said on Friday afternoon that the exact cause of death hasn't been determined. Officials are investigating if the medical condition played a role in causing the accident.

BMC officials say the pedestrian, Douglas Hamilton, 60, of Pittsfield, is in guarded condition at the hospital's critical care unit.

The other driver, George Intellisano, also in his 60s and of Pittsfield, was treated and released from BMC, according to police.

Shortly before 6 p.m. on Thursday, Speth was driving north on Fourth Street in his Chevy Silverado when he hit Hamilton at the intersection of Fourth and Fenn, Police said. The impact knocked Hamilton to the ground.

Speth's truck continued on Fourth toward Silver Lake and its snowplow gouged the entire passenger side of Intellisano's Ford F-250 pickup.

Speth's vehicle came to a stop against a utility pole on the sidewalk at Fourth and Lanckton.

An eyewitness told The Eagle he found Speth unconscious behind the wheel. Police say first reponders tried to revive Speth before he was rushed to BMC.

Police are seeking witnesses to the accident. Anyone who saw what happened is asked to call Pittsfield Police at (413) 448-9700, ext. 338.

To reach Dick Lindsay:
rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 496-6233.