Skateboarder injured after car hits him in Great Barrington crosswalk

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Just a week after residents here sounded the alarm over speedy motorists on downtown streets, a skateboarder was hit by a car Tuesday afternoon while in a crosswalk on Main Street. 

The man's injuries were minor, but the incident could reignite debate over how to make downtown safer for pedestrians and other nondrivers.  

The accident occurred about noon, near the Railroad Street intersection.

According to eyewitness Ben Correia, the man had been riding a skateboard when he was hit. Several cars yielded to let the man cross, but as he rode his board west to the other side of the street, the driver of a car with New York plates traveling southbound didn't stop and hit the man. 

He was conscious and moving around, Correia said, noting that he was told the man had only dislocated his ankle when he was knocked to the street by the car.

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Great Barrington Police Officer Samuel Stolzar told The Eagle the accident is under investigation and that he could not yet release any details about the driver or whether charges will be filed.   

The incident comes a week after residents in Great Barrington gave impassioned speeches at Town Hall about what they say is a speeding problem that needs better enforcement and managing by police.

Residents complained of speeding on various streets in town. But one, David Rosenberg, said Main Street downtown is a hazard and should have a consistent police presence to slow down drivers, especially near crosswalks.

Town Police Chief William Walsh said he is crafting a plan to deal with speeding and will announce it at a Select Board meeting next month.

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


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