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Cyclist killed in Amherst collision was Hampshire College student

Hampshire College officials and friends identified the victim as Livingston “Liv” Pangburn, a student from Newton who was bicycling east on Route 9, or College Street, by Amherst College when the collision occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday.

A report Sunday from the Northwestern district attorney’s office on the fatal accident identified the cyclist as Olivia Pangburn. But a friend said Pangburn identified as a transgender man and went by the name Livingston, or Liv for short.

“He was kind, he was funny, just a great person to hang out with,” said Caitlin Utter, a recent Mount Holyoke College graduate who had known Pang­burn for about three years. “A lot of people in and outside the Valley loved him.” She also called her friend “wonderfully creative and smart.”

Hampshire College spokeswoman Elaine Thomas said in an email that Pangburn’s death has left the campus “deeply saddened. We plan, as a community, to honor Liv’s memory when students return to campus in the fall.

“More immediately, our counseling service and the spiritual life office have both made arrangements to be available to those who feel the need for support or a contemplative space,” Thomas added.

Utter said she had met Pangburn through a fellow Mount Holyoke student and friend, Michaela Schwartz, who was Pangburn’s partner. Utter noted that Pangburn had gone by the name Liv the whole time the two had known one another.

She also said Pangburn was an avid cyclist who used his bike regularly to get around.

Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said the office had no additional information on Sunday’s crash, which remains under investigation by the DA, Amherst police and a state police accident team. She said the driver of a panel truck had been heading west on Route 9 and turned left into an entrance of Amherst College when the collision with the oncoming cyclist occurred.

The driver of the truck has not been cited. He was unhurt in the collision and remained on the scene during the police investigation, Carey said.

Pangburn was taken by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center but was pronounced dead there, the district attorney’s office said.

Pangburn, who was studying sculpture at Hampshire College, also had an active presence on YouTube some years back, posting videos of himself playing guitar and singing original songs, and others where he talked about gender identity and other issues, such as a friend’s father getting a terminal cancer diagnosis.

On a Facebook page, Pangburn also lists his full name as Livingston Irene Hoover Pangburn.

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No charges in Amherst collision that killed bicyclist Livingston 'Liv' Pangburn

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office will not seek charges against the driver of an Amherst College box truck that was involved in a fatal collision with a bicyclist in Amherst on May 26. Livingston “Liv” Pangburn, 22, of Amherst, died from injuries he sustained in the collision at the intersection of College Street (Route 9) and Dickinson Street. … 0

Such a tragedy for this young man and his family/friends and so many communities. My heart goes out to everyone. To the Gazette: From the GLAAD Media Reference Guide (http://www.glaad.org/reference/transgender): "Always use a transgender person's chosen name. Often transgender people cannot afford a legal name change or are not yet old enough to change their name legally. They should be afforded the same respect for their chosen name as anyone else who lives by a name other than their birth name (e.g., celebrities)." In a situation such as this when a reporter thinks a legal name may be necessary (for people searching for information or if the journalist's information came from a legal document with that name), the legal name should be included as a footnote or at the end of the article.

"The driver of the truck has not been cited." The information there is a little sparse. It could of read, "The driver of the truck has not been cited. An investigation is ongoing." I assume there is an investigation. Correct me otherwise.

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