UPDATE: Pedestrian, Driver Hospitalized After Pittsfield Crash

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Updated on 110/7/2023: According to police, Noor Khan Zadran passed away Monday evening as a result of his injuries.
 
No charges have been filed as of this time and the case remains under investigation by Officer Gallagher of the Pittsfield Police Department.
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield woman and a pedestrian she struck are hospitalized after several crashes on Friday afternoon, said police. 
 
Police said Judith Daly, 85, was driving a 2007 Hyundai Sonata northbound on Central Berkshire Boulevard and had just entered Pittsfield from Richmond when the first collision occurred. 
 
As the vehicle proceeded northbound, it struck a pedestrian, Noor Khan Zadran, 26, from Albany, N.Y.
 
Police, Fire and the Action Ambulance responded to the pedestrian crash at 101 Central Boulevard at 3:32 p.m.
 
After striking the pedestrian, the Daly continued to West Housatonic Street and proceeded east and was involved in a second crash with a 2019 GMC pickup truck operated by David Turner, 58, of Hancock at the west intersection with Lebanon Avenue. After this second crash, the Hyundai left the roadway and collided with a tree in the rear of 1500 West Housatonic St.
 
As a result of these incidents, Zadran was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and later taken by life flight to Albany Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. Daly was also taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center for serious injuries. 
 
No other injuries were reported.
 
This incident remains under investigation by Officer Brandon Gallagher of the Traffic Unit. Any witnesses are asked to contact him at 413-448-9700, Ext. 549.

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Pittsfield Superintendant Warns of Prohibited Toy Guns

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The district has been alerted of a concerning trend that is prohibited on school grounds: Orby or Orbeez gel guns.

The toy guns shoot gel or water beads and are said to pose a risk of physical harm and being mistaken for a real firearm. They are a violation of the Pittsfield Public School's code of conduct and could result in a suspension of 11 days or more.

"Though these may appear as simple toys, it's crucial to recognize the potential risks tied to their usage. By raising awareness, we aim to educate our community about the possible hazards associated with these items, emphasizing the importance of informed decision-making and responsible behavior," said Superintendent Joseph Curtis in a memo to the Pittsfield Public School community on Friday.

Last fall, someone used a similar gun to target cross-country students and a coach from Lee High. No one was injured in the incident. 

Given the frequency of school shootings nationwide, Curtis said schools cannot afford to accommodate anything that even remotely that resembles a firearm. The toy guns and gel beads are secured behind a locked case in Walmart on Hubbard Avenue, many indicating that they are for ages 14 and older.

"The Pittsfield Public Schools firmly maintains that Orby toy guns and any associated pellets should not be brought onto school premises, including both indoor and outdoor areas. This directive is in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all students, staff, and visitors within our educational environment," he wrote.

"We stress the significance of following this directive to prevent any potential hazards or disruptions that may arise from the presence of these items on school grounds. By upholding this standard, we aim to cultivate a secure and conducive learning environment for everyone within the Pittsfield community."

The superintendent listed three potential hazards of the water-bead guns in the schools:

  • Physical Injuries: The guns have the capacity to propel projectiles at considerable speeds, posing a risk of injury to the eyes, skin, and even teeth, particularly when fired in close proximity.
     
  • Misidentification Risks: Due to their realistic appearance, some Orby guns may be mistaken for genuine firearms. Such misidentification could result in confusion and potentially perilous encounters, especially if law enforcement or bystanders perceive them as real weapons.
     
  • Public Disruption: The act of firing Orby guns in public settings can be highly disruptive and alarming to others. Such behavior may instill fear and panic among individuals nearby, potentially leading to charges of disorderly conduct or harassment.
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