Cheshire man electrocuted at railroad tracks
WILLIAMSTOWN -- A 53-year-old Cheshire man died Thursday afternoon after being electrocuted on or near the railroad tracks a few hundred yards south of the Cole Avenue intersection with North Hoosac Road, authorities confirmed Friday.
Danny Beiso died about 1 p.m., according to Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless, who said he could report very few details due to an ongoing investigation.
"It appears he was accidentally electrocuted, and we're at this point investigating the circumstances of how this occurred," Capeless said.
He said there did not appear to be any safety hazard along the railroad tracks where Beiso's death occurred, however.
A friend who was with Beiso at the time said they had been out scouting for deer, Capeless said.
Numerous sources say that Calvin Hebert was with Beiso at the time. Hebert could not be reached for comment Friday.
Dr. Benjamin Glick, Berkshire County medical examiner, performed an autopsy Friday at Berkshire Medical Center and determined that the cause of death was electrocution. Glick said that Beiso was pronounced dead in the emergency room of North Adams Regional Hospital.
According to the Williamstown Police Department's log, Village Ambulance responded to a call at 1:09 p.m. for medical help at Cole Avenue from both the Pan Am Rail Police and Hebert.
Beiso was no stranger to police agencies in at least two towns, local authorities said Friday, though they declined to mention why. According to Transcript files, Beiso was found guilty in 1985 on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, trespassing and disorderly conduct and ordered to serve 30 days of a six-month sentence. The balance of the sentence was suspended with probation for one year. As a condition of probation, he was ordered to obtain alcohol counseling.
In January of 1999, Beiso won $150,000 in the Big Game state lottery according to Transcript files. He was one number away from a $35 million jackpot and bought the ticket at Chaput News and Variety on Summer Street in Adams.
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