Police interview witnesses to bicycle accident that injured UMass student

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
AMHERST — Police are continuing to interview witnesses to a Sunday evening crash that injured a bicyclist at the intersection of Northampton Road and University Drive.

“We’re in the process of interviewing people,” said Detective Lt. Ronald Young on Monday afternoon.

Young said the bicyclist, a 20-year-old University of Massachusetts student from Topsfield, suffered non-life-threatening injuries to her lower extremities after being struck by a pickup truck at 7:29 p.m. The bicyclist was in a crosswalk.

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She was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where she is in stable condition, Young said.

The names of the bicyclist and the driver are not yet being released, Young said.

Snow had started to fall at the time of the accident, but police have made no determination about whether that played any role in the crash, Detective Richard MacLean said.

The Sunday evening crash marked the third incident in a week in which UMass students were struck while either walking or bicycling in a crosswalk. On Feb. 3, three students were hit by a vehicle while walking in a crosswalk near the Recreation Center on Commonwealth Avenue, with the most seriously injured student taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton with a head injury.

On the night of Feb. 4, a student was struck by a vehicle in the same crosswalk and taken to Baystate for treatment.