Another Great Barrington pedestrian struck in crosswalk

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GREAT BARRINGTON — A motorist from Mount Washington has been issued a $100 citation for striking a pedestrian who was walking across Dresser Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

Around 4:15 p.m. the driver, who police listed as 52 years old but did not name, struck a 49-year-old woman who was in the crosswalk in front of the town post office while making a left-hand turn onto Main Street. The woman did not suffer serious injury and was treated and released from Fairview Hospital.

Great Barrington Police Officer Christopher Peebles issued the citation, for "failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk."

A press release on the incident said "the accident comes as Great Barrington Police have stepped up their enforcement of the crosswalk law, as well as addressing speeding issues on Main Street."

Precipitating the crack-down was a May 27 accident where an 87-year-old woman was driving south on Main Street struck a four people at the Main Street-Railroad Street crosswalk — one of them a 3-year-old girl.

All four were transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield with what police described as "non-lifethreatening" injuries.

"We're cracking down on these issues and people who are speeding or not yielding to pedestrians are going to start receiving citations, a lot of them," Great Barrington Police Chief William Walsh said.

Contact Phil Demers at 413-496-6214.


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