Man who hit pedestrians in North Adams sentenced to six months in jail

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NORTH ADAMS — A city man was sentenced to six months in jail on Wednesday for driving into two pedestrians outside the Crystal Hard Hat last winter and attempting to leaving the scene.

Steven Whitney, admitted to sufficient facts and was found guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court of being under the influence when he struck two pedestrians in the Union Street Station parking lot at the corner of Union Street and Canal Street on Jan 26.

When officers arrived at the scene shortly after midnight, they found an injured man lying on his back in the parking lot and a white SUV parked on a snowbank, according to a police report written by North Adams Police Officer Trevor Manning.

Witnesses told police that they were inside the bar — which has since been shuttered permanently by its owner — when they heard a car loudly honking its horn in the parking lot outside. When the four friends approached to check on the driver, they said he promptly reversed the SUV before accelerating toward them.

Whitney, 36, of Davenport Street, proceeded to strike one man and roll over his legs while also clipping a second victim on the other side. He allegedly stopped the vehicle and apologized to the victims before fleeing on foot. He was arrested a short while later and observed by officers to display signs of intoxication.

On Wednesday, Whitney admitted to sufficient facts for a finding of guilty of operating under the influence, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and two counts of leaving the scene of personal injury. A charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle was continued without a finding and dismissed.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376


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