Police: Excessive speed sends car into 2 Lenox houses
LENOX — A speeding driver caused "significant property damage" early Tuesday after he lost control of his car, went airborne and slammed into two houses in Lenox Dale, Police Chief Stephen E. O'Brien said.
Jason Peck, of Lee, 43, walked away uninjured, and a tenant in one of the houses at the time was unhurt.
Peck was heading eastbound about 5:41 a.m. when he struck a curb and a snowbank, launching his 2013 Kia Sorrento SUV into the air for about 21 feet, according to the report by investigating Officer Matthew Fenton, who responded to the scene with Officer Corey Demary. Peck was traveling over 50 mph in a 20-mph zone.
After returning to the ground, the vehicle struck the corner of the front porch at 524 Walker St., continued over a retaining wall and came to rest on its side after hitting the adjacent residence at 528 Walker St.
In all, the Kia traveled 80 feet off the roadway, O'Brien said. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
The first home, owned by Witman Properties of Holyoke, was unoccupied at the time. The second home is owned by George C. Jordan III under Patterson Jordan Trust.
A tenant was home at the time of the crash, but was not injured. She will be able to return early next week after repairs are made to the house, Jordan told The Eagle.
The town's building inspector has been on the scene to assess the structure's condition, the police chief noted. No damage estimate was available Wednesday pending the arrival of an insurance adjuster.
Peck was charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and a marked lanes violation, all misdemeanors. He was issued a summons to Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington.
On Feb. 18, a driver hit a stone wall and a tree in front of 528 Walker St., police said. The motorist was not charged in connection with the accident but received a citation for driving without a license.
Clarence Fanto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-637-2551.
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