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UMass grad student dies after being hit by vehicle in Amherst

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student Jaskaran Singh, 24, died Friday after being struck by a vehicle at this crosswalk on North Pleasant Street in Amherst near Crestview Apartments. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS—

Staff Writer
Published: 4/15/2019 2:46:12 PM

AMHERST — A 24-year-old man was killed after being struck by a vehicle on North Pleasant Street near Crestview Apartments Friday night, according to a spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Jaskaran Singh, of Amherst, died from injuries suffered in the crash, which occurred around 10:30 p.m., said spokeswoman Mary Carey.

The driver of the vehicle stopped immediately after striking Singh and cooperated fully with police, Carey said. No charges or citations have been issued.

Singh, from India, was a graduate student in the computer science department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

UMass Dean of Students Cara Appel-Silbaugh sent an email to students, staff and faculty about Singh’s passing.

“On behalf of UMass, we extend our sincere condolences to Jaskaran’s family and friends who are mourning his untimely death,” Appel-Silbaugh wrote.

The letter also informed recipients of resources available, including through the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, even with the campus closed due to the Patriots Day holiday.

“During this difficult time, I would encourage you to reach out for assistance, or direct others as appropriate,” Appel-Silbaugh wrote.

Amherst Police, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Northwestern district attorney's office, and the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section of state police are investigating the incident, Carey said.

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