Pittsfield man in ICU after being struck by vehicle on Route 7


PITTSFIELD — A city man remains hospitalized with serious head injuries after being struck by a taxi last week on upper North Street, according to the victim's family.

Jason Williamson, 41, of Orlando Avenue, is being treated in the intensive care unit at Berkshire Medical Center for bleeding in the brain and other head trauma, according to his father, David Hathaway.

"We're upset about this and have had calls from friends and relatives [as far away as] California and Florida," he said. "There's nothing worse than a your kid sick, hurt or worse."

Williamson was crossing Route 7 near Zucchini's Restaurant around 9:20 p.m. Thursday when he was struck by a Rainbow Taxi in the southbound lane, according to Pittsfield police. The driver, Steven Seddon, 56, remained at the scene until police and emergency medical personnel arrived.

"The accident remains under investigation but no charges are anticipated at this time based on the results based on the investigation to this point," according to a police statement.

The Pittsfield Police Department's accident reconstruction team, led by Officer Marc Maddalena, is conducting the investigation.

There is neither a crosswalk nor a street light in the area, and the speed limit isn't immediately posted, although a 35 mph sign greets motorists on Route 7 as they cross into Pittsfield from Lanesborough.

Hathaway says his son is conscious but incoherent, making it difficult for police to interview to interview him about the incident.

"I spoke with a couple of the doctors [Tuesday] and they seem optimistic," Hathaway said. "I'm more nervous than they are."

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413 496-6233.


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