Bailey’s blood alcohol content was tested after the accident, but results have not yet been made public. The speed of the car that Bailey was driving has also not been released. The speed limit on East Street is 25 mph.
The initial police report and court documents show the charges as misdemeanors, which have a minimum 30 days in the House of Corrections in Pittsfield and a maximum of 2 ½ years. It is possible Bailey may be tried in Superior Court on felony charges, requiring a minimum sentence of three to four years if found guilty.
A fine young gentleman from Housatonic, Garrett Norton, 21, died tragically in an automobile accident. Worse still is the coverage of the accident by the local newspaper. Most difficult for me, and I hope for all of you, are the gratuitous pictures published under the guise of being part of a news story.
“They had been at a bar in Lee and hanging out in town,” Great Barrington Police Office Timothy Ullrich wrote of the driver, Kyle Bailey’s, response. And when Ullrich asked him how much he had had to drink, Bailey was reported to have said, “obviously too much.”