Lee officials to address safety issues at crosswalk where woman was killed


LEE — As town officials emphasize pedestrian safety, a Lee woman struck and killed by a motorist last week was laid to rest on Wednesday.

Mary Fenwick, 68, of Marble Street, was within a barely visible crosswalk at the intersection of Marble and West Park streets shortly before 7 a.m. Friday, when she was struck and killed by a vehicle.

Police haven't identified the driver, a 33-year-old Lee man, and the cause of the incident is still being investigated by the Lee Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.

The crosswalk markings have worn out and there are no brightly colored signs posted along West Park to warn motorists they are approaching a crosswalk.

The Lee Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting Tuesday night said the crosswalk deficiency is being addressed.

"We are a walking town and pedestrian safety is a No. 1 goal of mine," said Chairman Thomas Wickham.

He urged motorists to go slow when approaching crosswalks and urged pedestrians to avoid jaywalking for their own safety.

Fenwick, a Pittsfield native, grew up in Lee having graduated from St. Mary's School, Lee High School and the former St. Luke's School of Nursing. She began her 46-year medical career at Berkshire Medical Center in 1968, retiring two years ago.

She also was an active member of St. Mary's Church and was well known throughout town for her involvement in many civic activities, according to her obituary in Tuesday's Eagle.

For the past year, Fenwick served on the Lee Board of Health.

"We are blessed to have known Mary and thank her for the contributions to the department in the best interest to protect public health," said James Wilusz, director of Tri-Town Health Department, which serves Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge. "She will be missed."

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.


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