State Police detectives assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Pittsfield man early Tuesday.

A motorcycle operated by Michael Lanphear, 54, was traveling west on West Housatonic Street at around 7:48 a.m. Tuesday, when it collided into a Jeep driven by Abigail Hunt, 25, that was pulling out of the intersection at Osceola Street. The collision occurred in the westbound travel lane of West Housatonic Street.

Lanphear, a resident of East Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, died from injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the Jeep was not injured.

Police shut down West Housatonic Street – Route 20 - while they conducted the investigation. No citations or charges were issued at this time and the road has reopened.

An investigation into the collision continues. Responding to the scene of the crash was Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington, the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the DA’s Office, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, as well as the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Pittsfield Police Department’s Traffic and Detective bureaus responded, as did the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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