WEST STOCKBRIDGE — A Boston man who lost control of his BMW on Monday night on Route 41 is facing charges after police say he plowed through a telephone pole and a cluster of hemlocks before coming to rest in a resident's yard.
Jarrod Niebloom, 32, also of Livingston, N.J., walked away from the crash, apparently unscathed, according to witnesses. There were no passengers in his black 2019 BMW 750.
He is assumed by police and residents to have been driving at high speeds.
His arraignment in Southern Berkshire District Court will be scheduled for next week, according to town Police Chief Marc Portieri. Police are still working on their report, but say charges against Niebloom will include reckless endangerment.
Outraged residents flocked to a special Select Board meeting at Town Hall on Wednesday night. Resident Sheela Clary and others said extreme speeding and drag racing are common off Route 41/Great Barrington Road, and they urged the town to address it.
"There is very frequently drag racing on that road," said Domenic Lydon, who said he's been asking the town for road signs to indicate children live in the area, but hasn't received any.
Some said they estimated Niebloom's speed as approaching 100 mph. Clary accused him of "joyriding" in a neighborhood where at least eight children live.
Portieri explained that he usually only has one officer on duty, but that he'll step up radar there. Town officials said a digital speed readout sign would help.
But, Portieri said he can't go over budget once the numbers are set.
George Cox, who heard and saw part of the crash from his window, asked if the budget could be raised.
"I get the budget thing," he said. "But I'm not going to understand it when my son is dead."
Cox, who has a 6-year-old, was the first to call 911, he told The Eagle. He said there was no question that Niebloom was speeding.
"Just the noise of the tire screech was insanely loud, and it lasted for what sounded like forever," he said. "It snapped the pole in half, and it was such a huge boom and very violent."
Cox said Niebloom then crashed through a cluster of newly planted hemlocks before landing in his neighbor's yard.
"He was somehow totally fine," Cox said. "All he was saying was, `I'm fine."
Portieri said that drivers on Route 41 "don't respect the road."
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