Victims of Great Barrington crosswalk crash out of hospital; criminal case pending

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GREAT BARRINGTON — The four victims of a crosswalk accident two weeks ago all have been released from the hospital, Police Chief William R. Walsh has confirmed.

Meanwhile, the driver of the car who struck them is facing charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.

The victims included three Stockbridge residents, including two children, and a 33-year-old woman, according to a police report of the incident obtained by The Eagle. The fourth victim was a 64-year-old woman from Idaho.

Police have not identified the driver, an 87-year-old woman from Canaan, Conn., pending her possible arraignment in Southern Berkshire District Court on criminal charges.

The woman was heading south on Main Street in a 2006 Kia on May 27 when she struck the victims — two women, a 3-year-old girl and an 11-month-old baby in a stroller — while they were using a crosswalk at the Railroad Street intersection.

One of the women was caught on the hood of the car, and carried about 55 feet down the road. When the vehicle stopped, that woman rolled another 15 feet down the road, according to the police report.

It is not clear how fast the driver was traveling; the speed limit on Main Street is 25 mph.

Witnesses reported the vehicle did not appear to slow down, even after one of the victims was rolled up onto the hood of her car. She only stopped when a local businessman, Luke Germain, driving in the opposite direction, opened his door into her driving lane.

Germain reported that the woman got out of the car and began walking away before he stopped her.

The victims were all transported by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, and some were reportedly treated and released.

In response to the criminal complaint filed by police, the driver can request a show-cause hearing before a magistrate, who will determine whether the charges have merit.

If she does not request a show-cause hearing, she will be arraigned, at which time her identity would become public record.

Walsh said he also has filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to have the woman's driver's license revoked.

The town has since repainted the crosswalk to make it more visible to drivers and added language urging pedestrians to use caution.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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