Cyclist killed in Amherst collision was Hampshire College student
AMHERST — The 22-year-old cyclist who was killed Sunday afternoon in a collision with a truck was a Hampshire College art student who was slated to graduate next year.
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.