Great Barrington police officer struck by car, injured, while helping motorist

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GREAT BARRINGTON — A town police officer was struck by a car Friday afternoon while helping a motorist with car problems at the intersection of East and Cottage streets.

Officer Chad Shimmon, 38, suffered a leg injury and remains at Berkshire Medical Center, according to a statement from town officials.

The severity and extent of Shimmon's injuries has not been made public. A hospital spokesman could not be reached Saturday. And police declined to comment on Shimmon's condition, or on whether charges are pending against the driver who struck him, Sandra Sternberg, 84, of Greenwich, Conn.

Shimmon was hit at around 5 p.m. after responding to a call for assistance with a disabled vehicle. He was hit just as a tow truck was removing the vehicle, according to police.

Police said Sternberg had been attempting to turn onto East Street from Cottage Street when she struck Shimmon with her 2011 Subaru Forester.

Sections of East Street were closed to traffic for an hour while local and state police investigated. Six nearby police departments responded to the accident.

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

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