Update: Elm Street house struck by vehicle for second time in week
PITTSFIELD - An Elm Street family has been driven from their home after a motor vehicle struck the house for the second time in less than a week, according to city police and a family friend.
The Patricelli family has vacated their residence at 227 Elm St. due to significant structural damage caused when a Pittsfield man crashed his car into the first floor of the two-story building over the weekend.
Alex White, who identified himself as a friend of the Patricelli family, told The Eagle the impact of the crash demolished the interior stairs leading to the second floor.
"The car really did some damage," said White, who lives nearby. He also works at Palmer's Variety Store, two doors down from the Patricellis.
The Eagle on Monday was unable to reach the family for comment.
Around 1:29 a.m. Sunday, Markus Chambers, 25, was heading north on Holmes Road at the Elm Street intersection when he lost control of his 2013 Suzuki and plowed into the house, police said.
Chambers, who was wearing his seat belt and riding alone, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash, which caused the airbag to deploy.
Chambers is reportedly new to the area, and the car he was driving had Wisconsin plates. He was cited with operating a motor vehicle to endanger, police said.
The homeowners were shaken by the incident but not injured, police said. A car in the driveway that had been rented because of damage in the last crash was damaged by debris.
In that crash, Garrett Casey, 22, of Pittsfield, allegedly went over a snow bank at the same intersection at about 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday, striking two parked cars and two homes, including the one at 227 Elm St.
Casey is potentially facing charges in that accident, after which he fled on foot.
That two crashes occurred only days apart at the intersection doesn't surprise Kendra Holland, who works with White at Palmer's.
During high traffic times, drivers can find it difficult attempting to turn onto Elm from Holmes Road, their view of on-coming traffic from the left sometimes obscured by parked cars or vehicles turning onto Holmes from Elm.
"We hear a lot of horns honking by people who almost hit the cars coming onto [Elm Street]," Holland said. Anyone with information regarding Sunday's crash should call Officer Michael Ortega, (413) 448-9700, ext. 398; for last Wednesday's crash, contact Officer Miles Barber at ext. 362.
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