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A section of East Street was closed on Monday after an accident left a motorcyclist seriously injured.

Pittsfield Man Killed in Monday's Motorcycle-SUV Crash

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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The crash occurred at the Newell Street intersection.
Update at 6:10 p.m.: The motorcyclist involved in Monday morning's collision on East Street has died.
 
The victim was identified as Stanley Dipietro, 65, of Pittsfield, according to the Berkshire district attorney's office.
 
The DA's office states the preliminary investigation shows that a 2013 Harley Davidson operated by Dipietro was traveling east on East Street, entered the intersection with Newell Street, and collided head-on into a 2002 Honda CRV operated by 78-year-old Susan Shepardson, also of Pittsfield, who was turning left on Newell Street.
 
Action Ambulance transported Dipietro to Berkshire Medical Center, where he later died. Action Ambulance transported Shepardson and her passenger, Bruce Shepardson, 86, of Pittsfield, to BMC for injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.
 
The Pittsfield Police Traffic Unit is investigating the collision. Police ask anyone who witnessed the collision or the actions of either vehicle to contact Officer David Hallas at 413-448-9700, Ext. 560.

This is at least the fourth fatality involving a motorcycle this spring and the fifth with injuries.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A motorcyclist is in serious condition after colliding with a sport utility vehicle on Monday morning on East Street.

 
The accident occurred at about 10:50 a.m. at the intersection of East Street and Newell Street. The rider was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center.
 
The street was From around 11 am to at least 1:45 pm 
 
The East was blocked off from Teo's to the intersection  ]with Merrill Road and from the intersection of Newell Street and Parkside Avenue from around 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. 
 
Pittsfield Police Sergeant Marc Maddalena said it was an "understatement" to say the motorcyclist is in serious condition.
 
The two occupants of the Honda CRV were also transported to Berkshire Medical Center but with non-life-threatening injuries.
 
According to police, the SUV was reportedly westbound on East Street and turning onto Newell Street and the motorcycle was eastbound when the crash occurred.
 
At the scene, the motorcycle was seen on its side, the SUV had severe damage to the front end where it collided with the bike, and debris was on the ground.
 
The collision is still under investigation to determine which party is at fault.
 
Police said further information was expected to be released later Monday.

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Pittsfield Seeing Decrease in Average Rate of COVID-19 Cases

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a month of sharp COVID-19 increase, the city is seeing a decreasing average case rate.

"With regards to the number of cases we have been seeing, we continue to get high and low case days," Director of Public Health Andy Cambi wrote in an email on Friday. "It is a similar trend we have seen with past spikes. The cases would slowly decrease, usually taking periodic significant drops and then leveling off for a time."

There were 94 new cases on Thursday, 75 on Wednesday, 124 on Tuesday, and 46 on Monday.

The average case rate per 100,000 people is 223.6 after peaking at an all-time high of 283.1 on Jan. 16.  

The positivity rate is now 16.8 percent, down from 18.1 on Jan. 17. That metric was close to the pandemic's highest positivity rate of 19.2 that occurred in early April 2020.


Similarly, the number of estimated actively contagious cases has dropped to 445, whereas there were 790 on Jan. 15.  

There are currently 21 COVID-positive patients on precautions in Berkshire Medical Center. Pittsfield's 14-day hospitalization rate is 1 to 1.94 for vaccinated to unvaccinated patients.

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