Intersection of lovers lane and route 7

On Wednesday, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office identified the woman killed in a crash at Lovers Lane and Route 7 in Great Barrington, pictured, as 92-year-old Ruth Houghton, of Great Barrington.

GREAT BARRINGTON — Officials have identified a town woman who was killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle wreck on Route 7.

Ruth Houghton, 92, died at the scene after the 2008 Subaru she was driving collided with a pickup truck as she exited Lovers Lane at about 2 p.m., according to a statement from the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday.

The truck, a 2008 Toyota Tundra driven by Samantha Kaye, 28, of Monterey, was traveling northbound when Houghton and Kaye collided in this area near Monument Mountain.

Kaye was taken by Southern Berkshire Ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

The accident required traffic detours for about five hours.

Houghton was a longtime philanthropist, mostly in New York City, who began coming to the Berkshires about three decades ago, her son, Robert Houghton, told The Eagle.

His mother, a board member The Fresh Air Fund since 1960, always was “dynamic,” he added.

In addition to town police and fire departments, responders included those from the State Police Lee Barracks, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and the Berkshire DA’s office and its State Police Detective Unit.

Massachusetts State Police investigators ask that eyewitnesses to the crash contact Great Barrington Police Sgt. Adam Carlotto at 413-528-0306, ext. 143.

Heather Bellow can be reached at or

413-329-6871. On Twitter @BE_hbellow.