Pittsfield pedestrian dies after collision with Jeep, police say


PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield woman died overnight from the injuries she sustained in a collision with a vehicle near the intersection of First and Federal streets on Wednesday evening, police said.

Pittsfield Police Capt. John Mullin said Addella DeMary appeared to be crossing eastbound from Federal to First when the accident occurred just before 6:30 p.m.

The driver, 17-year-old Matthew Ott of Pittsfield, was driving north on First Street in a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee when the collision happened, police said.

Francis DeMary, Addella's husband, said he was taking care of their grandson at their son's apartment near First Street on Wednesday.

Mr. DeMary said he had spoken with her about an hour beforehand, and she told him she would be stopping for a cup of coffee and to change clothes before joining him at their son's apartment. When she hadn't shown up by 7 p.m., he said he got a little worried.

By 8 p.m., Mr. DeMary said he knew something was wrong. He said he looked out one of the windows and saw the flashing lights of the police cruisers along First Street.

"We got to the hospital and they were going to fly her to Albany Medical Center," Mr. DeMary said. "It was the last time I saw her. I knew she wasn't going to make it."

Mr. DeMary said he "can't understand how" the accident could have happened.

"She walks across that street three or four times a day. There's another traffic light just a block up," he said.

Mr. DeMary said funeral arrangements haven't been set yet but he was hoping the service could be Monday or Tuesday.

Addella DeMary would have turned 67 on Friday, her husband said. The two had been married for 48 years.

Members of the Pittsfield police and fire departments, as well as Action Ambulance, were dispatched to the scene on Wednesday.

Ott was taken to the Pittsfield Police station for a statement Wednesday night, according to officials.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing and no charges had been filed as of Thursday. According to Mullin, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office would review the accident since it involves a fatality.

The intersection of First and Federal streets does not have a crosswalk and the events leading up to the collision are still unclear at this time, Mullin said.

First Street was closed for several hours while officers investigated what happened. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was towed from the scene.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen the collision to contact Officer Jeffrey Coco in the Traffic Bureau at (413) 448-9700, ext. 338.

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