A mistrial has been declared in Joseph Thompson’s drive-by homicide case after bus crash carrying jurors in Pittsfield | Crime

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North Adams Police officers Sgt. Preston Kelly and Lt. Anthony Beverly wait at Church and Ashland streets in North Adams on Monday for the expected visit from jurors to the scene of the fatal 2018 crash. The bus carrying the jurors was involved in an accident in Pittsfield, causing a annulment of the trial.

PITTSFIELD — A bus carrying jurors to the scene of a fatal collision in 2018 was involved in an accident on Monday, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial in the case against the former director of Mass MoCA, Joseph Thompson.

Two people suffered injuries that police said were not life-threatening.


A judge has declared a mistrial in the drive-by homicide case against Joseph Thompson, former director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, after a truck crashed Monday afternoon into the bus carrying jurors to view the scene of the 2018 collision at the center of the trial.

Thompson, the longtime director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, was facing a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide in the July 20, 2018 crash in which motorcyclist Steven Fortier died.

Jurors were seated to hear the case Monday morning in Central Berkshire District Court and were loaded onto a bus to transport them to the area of ​​Church and Ashland Streets in North Adams for an official view of the crash site . Also on board were two assistant district attorneys, two defense attorneys, Judge Jennifer Tyne, court guards and a clerk.

The bus was heading north on First Street shortly after 1 p.m. when it collided with a Toyota Tacoma traveling south, Pittsfield police say.

The clerk and truck driver were transported to Berkshire Medical Center.

Tyne declared a mistrial after the crash. A spokesperson said the judge would set a new trial date on Tuesday.

This story will be updated.

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