PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A three car accident on South Street that resulted in a driver being charged with speeding, which left two minor injuries.

At around 3:12 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, the Pittsfield Police Department, Pittsfield Fire Department, and County Ambulance responded at the intersection of South Street and South Mountain Road for a report of a vehicle accident with unknown injuries.

As a result of the preliminary investigation, it was found that the driver of a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee identified as 35-year-old Matthew Arico of Cheshire was driving north on South Street and hit the rear of a 2016 Toyota Camry who was 31 years old old Ryan Harmon was operated by Pittsfield. That impact pushed Harmon’s vehicle into the rear of a 2014 Toyota Corolla operated by 57-year-old Gina Squires from Dalton.

The investigation revealed that Harmon and Squires’ vehicles were stopped or were just driving north at the intersection when Arico hit the rear of Harmon’s vehicle.

Due to the damage to the vehicles, it is believed that Arico drove higher than the stated speed limit.

Arico and Harmon were transported by County Ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Knappen refused medical transport on site.

Northbound traffic was diverted on Dan Fox Drive while the accident was resolved and the carriageway opened at around 4:00 p.m. Arico was quoted for not exercising care and not driving too fast.

The accident is still being investigated by the Pittsfield Police Traffic Unit. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Officer David Hallas at 448-9700. 560

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