No charges filed against driver who struck teen in Great Barrington crosswalk

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GREAT BARRINGTON — No charges will be filed against a motorist who hit and injured a teenager Tuesday afternoon while he was crossing Main Street on his skateboard.

The teen, who is 15, was transported to Fairview Hospital and released with leg injuries, said town Police Officer Samuel Stolzar in a statement.

Stolzar also said that the decision to not press charges against Judy Hoffman of New City, N.Y., came after an investigation that involved witness statements and video evidence from a nearby business.

He further said that Hoffman was not injured, though her car sustained damage from the accident, which happened at around noon at Railroad and Main streets.

An eyewitness told The Eagle that the teen had been heading west across Main Street on his skateboard when the car in the farthest lane did not stop, knocking him down and dislocating his ankle.

The accident happened at a time when residents in Great Barrington and other Berkshire County towns are expressing outrage about speeding drivers and what they say is insufficient enforcement by police.

In response to complaints, Great Barrington Police Chief William Walsh is just one county police chief who says he is formulating a plan to address problem areas. Walsh will present his at a Select Board meeting at Town Hall in September.

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

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