January 18, 2022

Car strikes storefront> Teen center heavily damaged in afternoon incident

PITTSFIELD — Downtown shoppers were stopped short Friday afternoon when a 1991 Mercury Sable driven by Greta Reynolds, 72, of Pittsfield backed into a storefront. No one was injured.

According to Pittsfield police Officer Chris Tremblay, Reynolds said the accelerator stuck as she backed out of a space in the municipal parking lot. The result sent her car crashing through a plate-glass window and into a teen center run by Kids for Christ on Connors Avenue. In the process, the car took out a support post holding up the outside canopy, smashed through the frame and window of the teen center, demolished a pool table and damaged stairs inside the building. Estimates of damage to the building alone were in excess of $2,500. The rear of Reynolds’ car was damaged heavily.

The accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Rebecca Alton, who runs the teen center, said the center normally would have been full of teen-agers after 3 p.m. on a Friday. This Friday, the center’s opening was delayed because her son went out of town, she said.

Teen-agers were available immediately to help Alton with the cleanup and to secure the building. Alton said the pool table arrived just two days ago from a leasing company in Skowhegan. The building is owned by the Daviau, Jabar and Batten law office.

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