Tom’s Top 3 for 3/8: Hit And Run Trial Continues
The trial of a Williamstown woman accused of a 2016 hit and run continues in Berkshires Superior Court. Damage to Sally Gould's windshield appeared to be consistent with hitting an animal or a person, according to a windshield repair technician’s testimony Wednesday.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that a quality control manager for Safelite Auto Glass said the damage did not appear to be caused by a rock, as Gould had told police. The technician’s testimony took place on the second day of the trial of Gould and her husband, John Gould, in a February 9th, 2016, hit-and-run that left Cheryl LeClaire in a coma.
73 year old Sally Gould is accused of striking the 54 year old LeClaire and then leaving the scene. The couple from Williamstown is accused of giving false information to investigators about the damage to the car and about sally Gould's involvement.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Daniel Hespeler, and it may go to the jury as early as Monday.
Car Strikes Two Houses In Lenox
A speeding driver caused a significant amount of property damage early Tuesday after he losing control of his car, going airborne and slamming into two houses in Lenox Dale, according to Lenox Police Chief Stephen O’Brien.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that 43 year old Jason Peck, of Lee, walked away uninjured. Peck was heading eastbound shortly after 5:30am when he struck a curb and a snowbank, launching his 2013 Kia Sorrento SUV into the air for about 21 feet, according to the police report which also said Peck was traveling faster than 50 mph in a 20-mph zone. After landing, the vehicle struck the corner of the front porch at 524 Walker Street, continued over a retaining wall, and came to rest on its side after hitting the adjacent residence at 528 Walker Street. The first home was unoccupied at the time. The tenant of the second home was at home but was not injured.
Peck was charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and a marked lanes violation, which are all misdemeanors.
A Big Announcement At City Hall Friday
Governor Charlie Baker and several top aides plan to be in the Berkshires Friday, barely a day after the major winter storm that deposited more than two feet of snow around the Berkshires.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that that Baker will be joined by Lt. Gov. Karen Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, and several other state and local officials for the announcement at 10:30 at City Hall in Pittsfield.
The governor’s office has not released details of the announcement, and local officials have declined to comment publicly. The event does however come just over a week after the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority approved an additional $300,000 toward operating costs at the Berkshire Innovation Center. Officials say that’s the final piece in the funding puzzle for the $12 million workforce training center.
Also scheduled to attend Friday's event, originally scheduled to take place at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and East Street, are Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, State Senator Adam Hinds, State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, PEDA board Chairman Maurice Callahan, and board Chairman Stephen Boyd.