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Drugs, speed factors in fatal Pittsfield crash

August 6, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A police investigation has concluded that a car that struck a wall outside Pittsfield High School in January in a crash that killed two men was going more than 100 mph and the driver was on drugs.

The Berkshire Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1zUeClo ) that the investigation found that 31-year-old Ernest Duck Jr. of Pittsfield had PCP and marijuana in his system when he crashed his car into the wall about a half-hour after school dismissed for the day.

The accident killed Duck and a passenger, 24-year-old Tariq Salley of Pittsfield. Police said Salley also was under the influence of drugs.

Pittsfield Mayor Daniel Bianchi has said it was a miracle that no students or other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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