Vehicle that struck, injured Williamstown woman believed to be Honda


WILLIAMSTOWN — Police investigating a hit-and-run accident last week have determined it was a Honda that struck a local woman, causing serious injuries.

Cheryl J. LeClaire, 54, of White Oaks Road in Williamstown, was apparently struck while walking her dog along the 1000 block of North Hoosac Road, police said.

A passing motorist found her lying in the road unresponsive about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Williamstown Police Sgt. Scott McGowan.

LeClaire remains in the intensive care unit at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where she is listed in critical condition.

McGowan said investigators with Williamstown Police and Massachusetts State Police, using fender rivets found at the scene, have reported that the vehicle involved in the incident was a Honda.

The three small plastic rivets are used exclusively in Hondas, but the rivets are ordinary with no traceable serial or model numbers. Honda installs these rivets on 12 different models starting with 2012 and newer.

The following are Honda models and years associated with the part located: Accord 2013-16; Civic 2014-16; Crosstour 2013-15; CRV 2013-16; CRZ 2013-16; Fit 2015-16; HRV 2016; Hybrid 2014-15; Insight 2012-14; Odyssey 2013-16; Pilot 2014-16; Ridgeline 2014.

McGowan said damage to the vehicle should be concentrated to the lower front passenger side bumper and/or the passenger fender liner.

The dog, Tucker, was not injured. He was transported to the Williamstown Animal Shelter by police, where he was later retrieved by family members.

The investigation is being conducted by the Williamstown Police and Massachusetts State Police. Anyone who may have been in the area or has any information about the incident is asked to please contact McGowan at 413-458-5733 or state police Trooper Ryan Dickinson at 413-499-1112. Information can remain anonymous.


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