Passenger in GB OUI Crash Seriously Injured, Driver Charged
A Great Barrington man was injured seriously early Monday after the car he was a passenger in crashed into a tree and the driver was arrested for allegedly operating while intoxicated.
According to Police, Raphael Orlando Gutierrez, 20, was riding in a vehicle driven by Benjamin Michael Badurski, 19, heading south on Hurburt Road when Badurski lost control and crashed on the east side of the roadway, according to a release from Great Barrington Police. An officer came upon the crash at approximately 1:13 a.m.
Badurski, who was not injured, was able to get out of the vehicle, police said.
Gutierrez was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by members of the Great Barrington Fire Department and Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad. He was treated at the scene before being airlifted to the trauma unit at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. The status of his condition was unknown at the time of the press release.
The state police accident reconstruction and crime scene units, and along with the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, also responded. The Egremont Police Department assisted with traffic.
Badurski was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, negligent operation, speeding, and a marked lane violation. He was released on $500 bail and was scheduled to appear in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday.