TV film critic Shalit faces charge in car crash

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LENOX, Mass. — Tele­vi­sion movie critic Gene Shalit faces a charge of driv­ing to en­dan­ger af­ter his ve­hi­cle struck a util­ity pole and came to rest against a home in western Mas­sachusetts.

Lenox po­lice say the 86-year-old Shalit told Chief Stephen O’Brien, who was first on the scene of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon’s crash, that he fell asleep at the wheel.

Shalit has re­ceived a sum­mons to ap­pear be­fore a clerk mag­is­trate in South­ern Berk­shire Dis­trict Court in Great Bar­ring­ton at a fu­ture date.

Shalit, known for his bushy hair and mous­tache, wasn’t hurt. His ve­hi­cle was towed and the home suf­fered mi­nor dam­age.

Shalit re­viewed movies for NBC’s To­day show from 1973 un­til he re­tired in 2010. He lives in neigh­bour­ing Stock­bridge.

A num­ber for Shalit could not im­me­di­ately be found.

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