GREAT BARRINGTON — Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Stockbridge Road in the area of Fountain Pond on Wednesday night that sent a 19-year-old Lee woman to the hospital after being struck by an impaired 17-year-old driver.
Just after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, a female driver, identified as 19-year-old Khali Zabian, of Lee, called 911 and reported she had just veered off the road and struck nearby guardrails, according to a statement from Great Barrington Police Chief William Walsh.
Upon arrival to the scene, police officers Timothy Ullrich and Elias Casey discovered Zabian had been struck by another oncoming car while apparently examining her car’s damage, according to a press release.
Zabian was thrown some distance after being struck and was transported to the Berkshire Medical Center with serious injuries, according to police.
Because of the operator’s age, the individual’s name has not been released, but have indicated that the individual was a 17-year-old from Great Barrington. The driver was charged with operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury.
Police say they have probable cause that the 17-year-old driver was under the influence of marijuana after field sobriety tests were performed at the scene. The driver was accompanied by another unidentified juvenile passenger. The individual’s vehicle also sustained extensive damage.
Zabian’s vehicle was disabled in the northbound travel lane with damage from striking the nearby guardrails, according to police. Another driver who was assisting Zabian told police they tried to avoid the oncoming vehicle, also traveling northbound, but Zabian was struck and then transported to Berkshire Medical Center by Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance. She was later taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
Zabian is the daughter of Ali, owner of Zabian’s clothing, located at 19 Main St. in Lee.