Police: Drunk driver crashes in Lanesborough

Monday June 11, 2012

LANESBOROUGH -- A Pittsfield man faces drunken driving charges following a two-car head-on crash on Route 7 -- one of three serious motor vehicle collisions in Lanesborough over the weekend.

Victor Steiner, 49, allegedly had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit about 10:20 p.m. on Saturday when he crashed his Subaru Outback into another car at the intersection of Route 7 and the Route 7/Route 8 Connector Road, according to Lanesborough police.

Steiner was attempting a right-hand turn onto the connector road from the northbound lane of Route 7 when his vehicle crossed over the landscaped median at the end of the connector road and struck a Jeep Grand Cherokee ready to enter onto Route 7.

The other driver, Dominic Salvatore, of Pittsfield, and three female teenage passengers were injured, including one girl with a broken wrist. Salvatore, his girlfriend's daughter and the two other girls, whose names weren't readily available, all were treated at Berkshire Medical Center and released, according to hospital officials.

Steiner was treated at the scene for a cut to his left arm.

Police said on Sunday that Steiner will at least be charged with operating under the influence as the crash remains under investigation.

Two hours earlier on Saturday night, Lanesborough police responded to a two-car, head-on crash further north on Route 7. About 8:30 p.m., a car traveling south on Route 7 near the rest area passed another southbound vehicle in a legal passing zone, striking a northbound vehicle. It was unclear how many people were injured in the collision, but police said none of the injuries were serious.

The crash remains under investigation.

About 2:20 p.m. on Sunday, one motorcycle rear-ended another on Route 8 in front of V's Doghouse. Police say the two bikers, who were traveling together from Vermont, were turning into the restaurant's parking lot when their motorcycles collided.

The two men, whose identities were not released, were taken to BMC; one had a broken leg, according to police. The motorcycle crash also remains under investigation.

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