North Adams pedestrians struck; driver allegedly admits cellphone use

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NORTH ADAMS — A Clarksburg woman is facing charges after she struck two young women with her car Tuesday night — allegedly while she was distracted by her cellphone.

Carey Starbird, 41, was turning left from Eagle Street onto Union Street about 9 p.m. when she struck the women, who were crossing Union near Dunkin' Donuts, according to North Adams Police Sgt. James Burdick.

The women, whose injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, were in the crosswalk when they were hit, he said.

North Adams Police, Fire, and Ambulance Service responded to the scene within minutes.

Amber Foster, 19, and Brianne Mullen, 18, both of North Adams, were transported to Berkshire Medical Center. It was not immediately clear Wednesday whether they were transferred to BMC in Pittsfield or its Northern Berkshire Campus in North Adams.

Starbird allegedly admitted to police that she had been using her cellphone at the time of the accident, Burdick said.

She was arrested and will be charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver's license. There was also a warrant for her arrest on a misdemeanor charge of failing to return leased property, he said.


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