Vehicle flees after causing crash on Holmes Road
PITTSFIELD — A Dalton man was injured Wednesday when the van he was riding in was struck by an SUV that was involved in a road rage incident, according to Pittsfield Police.
The SUV driver, who fled the scene, was arrested a short time later and is facing several charges.
Trevor Maffucio, 20, was heading north on Holmes Road about 10:20 a.m. in red Ford Escape when he crossed the double yellow line to pass another vehicle at high speed just south of Shetland Drive, police said. The driver of that vehicle told police Maffucio had been tailgating him since they were both on Route 7 in Lenox.
An employee of Pignatelli Electrical Contractors in Lenox was heading south in a company van with another passenger Maffucio veered into his lane, police said. The driver swerved out of the path of a head-on collision, but the vehicles still collided.
After the crash, Maffuccio lost control of the SUV, which spun out, struck a bridge and went off the road and into the woods, witnesses told police.
Maffuccio then drove back on to the road and left the scene, continuing on to Williams Street, where an officer heading toward the crash spotted him driving the damaged vehicle slowly with its hazard lights.
The vehicle's side airbags had deployed and one of its wheels had been pushed sideways underneath the body of the SUV. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.
Maffuccio was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.
He was arraigned later in the day in Central Berkshire District Court; his bail status was unknown. He did not appear to be injured.
Scott Pignatelli, owner of the contracting company, praised the quick reaction by his driver, which he said likely avoided a much more serious crash. The driver was not injured.
Shaun Delmolino, 50, a passenger of the van, was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.
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