1 person killed, 3 others critically injured in Pittsfield crash

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A Becket man was killed and three other people critically injured Thursday in a three-vehicle collision on Williams Street. 

Matthew Nadolny, 31, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to a news release from the Pittsfield Police Department. 

Nadolny was traveling westbound on Williams Street around 3 p.m. when his car collided with an SUV driven by Lina Simeone.

Simeone was also traveling westbound, in front of Nadolny's car, when her vehicle was struck. Nadolny's car then entered the eastbound lane and collided head on with a car driven by Sean Mulholland. 

Simeone, 80, of Pittsfield, Mulholland, 72, of Becket, and a passenger in his car, his wife, were all taken to BMC with life threatening injuries. 

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The 900 block of Williams Street at the Leona Drive intersection was closed to traffic for around three and a half hours, police said. 

This accident is being investigated by Officer Brandon Gallagher. Anyone who may have witnessed this accident or has information regarding the crash is asked to call Gallagher at 413-448-9700, ext 549.

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It's unclear what caused Thursday's crash, but residents who live nearby say that speeding has long been a concern in the neighborhood.

"Speeding definitely is an issue in our area, especially down our street," said Kalya Lekov. "I wait until there are no cars at all, because I have little kids. I have a 4-year-old and 1-year-old."

Alden Holt says he makes sure children and pets stay far away from both Williams Street and Leona Drive. 

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"A lot of it carries on here, because we're at the beginning of the road. A car will turn off Williams and still be going 40 or 50 miles an hour, whipping down the road," said Holt. "Luckily, we have a fenced-in back yard, but we have a 9-year-old and he plays in the back. I've got cats, I won't let them out just because of that."

One resident who witnessed Thursday's crash while retrieving mail said that this crash is not the first at the intersection.

"Speeding's been a problem on Williams Street since I moved here in '69. It's just gotten worse lately," said the resident, who asked not to be named. "There have been others out there over the years ... it's like, 'bang, oh no, somebody got hit out there again.'"

Eagle staff writer Christopher Parker contributed to this report.


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