Mother suffers severe injuries, children OK, after North Adams crash

NORTH ADAMS — An Adams man faces multiple charges in connection with a two-car crash on Friday that hospitalized five people, according to police.

Robert Matte Jr., 43, of Adams, the driver of a white SUV, will face "numerous" charges that are yet to be determined, because the crash investigation is not complete, according to Sgt. James Burdick of the North Adams Police Dept. Burdick said he expects the investigation to be completed in a day or two. The state police Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting in the investigation, Burdick said.

Matte, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transported to BMC North for treatment.

According to police, the Matte vehicle, heading north on South Church Street, drifted into the southbound lane of the street, striking a second SUV head-on.

The driver of the second SUV, Diane Pearson, 49, of McKinney, Texas, suffered severe injuries and was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

Pearson's son-in-law, Marcos Davila-Rodriguez, 29, of North Adams, was transported to BMC North with injuries. Both individuals were wearing seat belts, according to police.

Two young children in the rear, Inali Davila, 2, and 4-day-old Alexsei Davila, were both in car seats and belted in, said police. Alexsei Davila suffered no injuries, while her sister suffered some bruising associated with being strapped into the seat, but was otherwise not hurt, said Burdick.

"This is why we advocate constantly for the use of seat belts and car seats," he said.

A third passenger in the back seat, Kayleigh Lewis, 23, of North Adams and the mother of the two girls, suffered severe injuries and was also transported to Baystate , according to police. She was seated between the children but was not wearing a seat belt.

Both vehicles were totaled in the accident.

Individual condition reports were not available on the victims.

Reach staff writer Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.

The accident happened at about 1:45 p.m., police said.


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