Police seek driver that struck pedestrian in Great Barrington hit-and-run on Friday


GREAT BARRINGTON — Police are still looking for the driver of a car that struck a woman who was crossing Main Street in a crosswalk Friday afternoon.

Courtney Haner, of Pittsfield, suffered minor injuries when she was hit shortly after 1:30 p.m while crossing the street in front of Rite Aid.

Haner, who works in town, told The Eagle she reached the center of the crosswalk when the car struck the side of her hip. A full purse protected the area just above that, she said.

"It spun me around," she said of the force of the accident.

The driver continued northbound without stopping. Haner told police it was a white SUV with a gold grill and either Rhode Island or Connecticut license plates.

One witness, she said, followed the SUV but was unable to read the plate number. She said the witness saw the SUV stop after the accident, then take off again.

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Haner said she was not knocked down, and refused medical treatment at the scene, but she later went to Berkshire Medical Center, where she was treated for contusions to her pelvis. The bruising was bad enough that it forced her to take several days off work.

She said she has spoken with police about checking surveillance footage from nearby businesses that may have captured the incident. As of Sunday, the driver has not yet been found.

According to the police log, it was unclear whether the driver knew they had hit the woman.

Town Police Chief William Walsh could not be reached for comment.

The safety and visibility of crosswalks on Main Street/Route 7 have worried residents and town officials in recent years after a number of accidents and close calls, including one 2016 incident in which a family of four was struck while using a Main Street crosswalk. There were no fatalities.

A woman was killed in a Route 7 crosswalk in Sheffield last year, prompting more aggressive speed limit enforcement in that community, and calls from town officials to the Department of Transportation to officially lower speed limits and brighten crosswalk paint.

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


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