ADAMS, Mass. (NEWS10) – Police say a 17-year-old North Adams teen died over the weekend following a car crash in Adams.
Investigators say 17-year-old Zackary Decker was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield following the Saturday afternoon accident. Officials say he died late Saturday evening from injuries sustained in the accident.
They say at about 5:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon, police responded to a report of a two car accident in the area of North Summer and Staples Streets. In addition to Decker, the drivers of both vehicles and a passenger in one of the cars were transported to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.
The accident is being investigated by members of the Adams Police Department with assistance from the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service and Crime Scene Services Section of the Massachusetts State Police.
Drury Student Has Died in Automobile Accident
It is with profound sadness that I write this letter to the community of the North Adams Public Schools. Zackary Decker, a student at Drury High School, died as a result of injuries from an automobile accident Saturday evening. On behalf of the district I extend our sympathies to his family, friends and classmates.
The sudden loss of a young person is a tragic situation that can generate anxiety and distress in some students. During this time, we are offering grief counseling and support services to all of our students and staff. A team of school counselors and student services staff will provide support to any students or staff members in need throughout the upcoming days. The North Adams Police Department is also providing support to ensure that school is a safe environment for your children.
Your child may be affected by this tragedy even if he or she did not know the student. I encourage you to talk with your child about what has happened. Discussing their thoughts and feelings about this situation is important in helping your child work through his or her grief. We have posted articles below that provide guidance about helping your child cope with grief and trauma. Please contact a school administrator or school counselor if you would like to connect your child to a school counselor.
James E. Montepare, Superintendent of Schools