Drugs, speed factors in fatal Pittsfield crash

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

The Berkshire Eagle reports 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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