Update: Adams boy, 8, killed by vehicle near East Road home
ADAMS — An 8-year-old boy was killed on Tuesday when he was struck by a vehicle near his home on East Road, authorities said.
Noah Brown and another youth were attempting to cross East Road to go to Noah's home about 3 p.m. when Noah was struck by a motor vehicle, according to a statement issued by the Berkshire District Attorney. The other boy was not injured.
Noah was transported to the Northern Berkshire Campus of Berkshire Medical Center by members of the Adams Ambulance Service. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police have not released the name of the driver of the vehicle.
Noah was a third-grader at C.T. Plunkett Elementary School in Adams.
Kristen Gordon, superintendent of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, said the school community was stunned by the news.
"There are no words," she said.
"Noah was just a sweet, smiley, energetic, full-of-life kind of kid," Gordon said. "He made you feel warm. And he was the light of his mother's life. It's just heartbreaking."
District personnel reached all but a few parents among the 90 families of third-graders to notify them of the accident and asked that they not keep their kids home on Wednesday.
"We want the kids to come back tomorrow," Gordon said Tuesday night. "The best information says that it's a very important part of this. Some of them are going to have a hard time, but we're going to be keeping a real close eye on the kids."
The elementary school will be staffed with additional counselors from elsewhere in the district for the school year's 11 remaining days, Gordon said. Several of Noah's closest friends and teammates on the baseball team have been identified by staff as students to watch very carefully.
School staff is planning to meet early in the morning to discuss how to provide the right atmosphere in the building.
Gordon said Noah's teacher — in her first year — and school Principal Michelle Colvin are "devastated beyond words."
She praised the response from the community, saying she'd been contacted by superintendents from other school districts, counselors from The Brien Center and a multitude of volunteers asking if they could help in any way.
Lined on both sides with houses, East Road is a heavily traveled back road to North Adams. The boy's home is at the intersection with Anthony Street.
The speed limit on East Road is 35 miles per hour.
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call Adams police at 413-743-1212.
The investigation is being conducted by members of the Adams police, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the accident reconstruction unit and state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office.
On Facebook, community members posted messages of sympathy and support to the child's mother on Tuesday evening.
"I can't even begin to describe the feeling I have right now," wrote Jenna Paigee Williamson. "[Until] we meet again sweet boy."
"We are so sorry for this terrible tragedy," Trish Clairemont wrote. "I am crying now because I can't even imagine the pain that you are enduring."
"Words cannot express the pain and sorrow," Samantha DeBlois wrote. "My family hurts for your family. We are praying for you."
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