Case of woman charged in fatal Lenox crash goes to trial in April

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GREAT BARRINGTON — The trial for a woman charged in a fatal 2017 car crash that killed a Stockbridge couple is set in Berkshire Superior Court for April 29, and prosecutors will be able to use statements she made to police after the crash as evidence.

On Oct. 4, Judge William Rota, in Southern Berkshire District Court, denied Chelsea Lundeberg's motion to suppress what she told police at the hospital after the Lenox crash that killed James and Patricia Kelly.

Lundeberg, 25, of Ellington, Conn., had answered police questions at Berkshire Medical Center immediately after the Sept. 24, 2017, collision. But Lundeberg's attorney, Lori Levinson, had filed a motion to suppress the statements on grounds she was "in a state of shock," and so "she was unable to make a knowing and voluntary waiver of her Miranda rights."

Rota denied the motion, saying that it was reasonable to assume that Lundeberg knew she was not in custody, and that Miranda warnings only apply in such a situation.

Lundeberg ran a stop sign, and her Honda CRV collided with a 1963 Chevrolet Corvair convertible driven by James Kelly, 60, who died at Berkshire Medical Center. His wife, Patricia Kelly, 69, died at the scene. Alexander Rodriguez, Lundeberg's passenger, was treated for minor injuries.

Police said there were no indications that Lundeberg was impaired during the accident at the intersection of Plunkett Street and Lee Road (Route 20), where police said there are multiple intersection warning signs that include a stop sign with a red flashing light.

She told police that she never saw the stop sign, and police said they overheard her say that she had been distracted by her passenger's GPS, which "kept telling me to go straight ahead."

Lundeberg has pleaded not guilty to two counts of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation and one count of failing to stop/yield.

Heather Bellow can be reached at hbellow@berkshireeagle.com or on Twitter @BE_hbellow and 413-329-6871.


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