Man killed crossing street in Greenfield

  • A police vehicle at the scene of an accident at the intersection of Oak Courts and Elm Street in Greenfield, Oct. 22, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer
Published: 10/23/2018 7:49:49 AM

GREENFIELD — A man was killed after being struck by a car at the intersection of Elm Street and Oak Courts on Monday night.

Police were called to the scene at 7:15 p.m. At the scene at 7:55, Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. said his department was still investigating the accident.  Four police cruisers, two ambulances and one fire truck were at the scene. Police cordoned off a portion of Elm Street that included the victim’s covered body and three vehicles.

Several people, believed by others at the scene to be the victim’s family members, were seen sobbing and consoling each other.

“I feel bad for the family, and I feel bad for the operator,” Haigh said.

Five Budweiser cans could be seen scattered near a sidewalk a short distance from the victim’s body. One can, still attached to the six-pack rings, and a brown paper bag rested on its side closer to the victim. It appeared the victim was carrying the beer home when he was struck.

Pamela Kowalski said she was driving down Elm Street when she looked in her rear-view mirror and saw a man flip into the air “like a rag doll.” She said she immediately turned her car around and drove to the man, who Kowalski said was nearly struck by another vehicle. She said she and the operator of the vehicle that struck the victim called 911 while a young woman administered CPR to the victim.

“I was just trying to do the right thing,” she said.

A man who wished to not be identified, but said he lives in Oak Courts, said he was driving toward the family public housing development and was nearly back when he saw the victim in the road. He said the operator who struck the victim got out of the vehicle he was driving and was hysterical. 

Angie Bardsley said she was in her Elm Street home eating dinner when she heard sirens get louder and louder. She walked to the scene to see what was going on.

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