Victim of Center Street crash was 91-year-old Pittsfield man


PITTSFIELD -- A 91-year-old city man was the pedestrian struck and killed Saturday morning on a deadly stretch of Center Street.

Pittsfield police on Sunday identified Jack E. Joyner as the victim on a mobility scooter who was struck by a Toyota Camry near a railroad underpass and Big Y supermarket.

He was pronounced dead upon his arrival by ambulance at Berkshire Medical Center.

Joyner is the second person in two weeks to die as a result of a car-pedestrain accident. On Jan. 17, Michael J. Rathbun was attempting to cross Center Street at the underpass in the dark when he was struck and killed by a motor vehicle.

Concerns over the safety of that stretch of Center Street have been voiced -- both for poor lighting under the underpass and the lack of a sidewalk on a side of a road many use to access Big Y -- and city officials are currently are looking into whether there is a need for safety upgrades.

In Saturday's accident, the man was traveling on his mobility scooter in the roadway when the accident occurred at about 8:20 a.m., police said.

Emergency responders performed CPR on the victim at the scene after he was knocked off the scooter and was laying on the ground. There was no sidewalk space for the scooter on the west side of the road he was traveling on. The other side of the street has a sidewalk.

The driver, who was taken to the police station for questioning, was identified by police as 33-year-old John E. Murray Jr., of Pittsfield. He was not injured, though the front of his car suffered significant damage. The scooter was broken into pieces.

Anyone with information about the accident, which remains under investigation, should contact officer Michael Silver at Pittsfield Police Department, (413) 449-9700, ext. 409.

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