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Hadley Police notify UMass football staff after two hurt in fight, hit-and-run accident



Last modified: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
HADLEY — Coaches for the University of Massachusetts football team have been notified about the involvement of some players in incidents centered around a Rocky Hill Road home where one college-age man suffered serious injuries in a fight and another was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle early Sunday morning, said Hadley police officer Jesse Green.

Green said Monday night that all six tenants at the home are being issued $300 tickets for violating the town’s noise bylaw as a result of the party, which initially drew attention from the police at 12:40 a.m. Sunday due to the large number of vehicles parked on the street in violation of the winter parking ban.

Green added that the landlord and UMass coaches have been told about what happened in the two hours following the first response. “We’re working with the landlord and will be following up more with the coaches,” Green said.

During the altercation, reported at 2:35 a.m., a man lost consciousness and also suffered a swollen eye and missing teeth, Green said. The man initially went to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Officer Douglas Costa said Sunday that he was later transferred to UMass Medical Center in Worcester.

The injured pedestrian, struck by a hit-and-run vehicle at 1:28 a.m., went to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Green said. Green said he spoke to the man’s father Monday and learned that he is recuperating at home with 16 stitches in his forehead and six stitches in his chin.

Police are still trying to find the white or gray SUV that struck him and fled the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call Hadley Police at 584-0883.

The identities of the victims, and whether they are members of the UMass football team, have not been released by Hadley Police. There have been no arrests in connection with the incident.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.