Man suffers broken hip after being struck by Pittsfield police cruiser


PITTSFIELD-- A Pittsfield man is being treated at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for a broken hip after being hit by a Pittsfield police cruiser while crossing the street on Thursday night, according to a department captain.

George Johnston, 58, remains in the hospital.

Police Lt. Michael Winston, the driver of the cruiser which struck Johnston, was unhurt, according to Capt. John Mullin.

The department issued information about the accident on Tuesday morning.

Johnston was hit by the cruiser while crossing First Street at Orchard Street at approximately 9:58 p.m., Mullin said.

Johnston was initially taken to Berkshire Medical Center and was later transferred to Baystate Medical Center.

An initial news report stated that Winston was injured, though Mullin said on Tuesday that Winston was not hurt and remains on duty.

Additional information regarding the circumstances of the crash remain under investigation, Mullin said.

Capt. David Granger and members of the Pittsfield Police Department's accident reconstruction team are handling the case.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call Police Officer Jeffrey Coco in the traffic department at (413) 448-9700, ext. 338.

To reach Nathan Mayberg:
or (413) 496-6243.


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