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No Charges Filed in Collision that Killed Hampshire College Student


(WGGB) — The Northwestern District Attorney has determined that no charges will be filed in a May collision that killed a Hampshire College student.

Mary Carey, spokesperson for Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, says that on May 26, 22-year-old Livingston “Liv” Pangburn was riding his bike along College Street in Amherst when he collided with an Amherst College box truck near the intersection of College and Dickinson Streets.

Pangburn, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, suffered serious injuries to his torso and later died at Baystate Medical Center.

Carey explains that investigators found as Pangburn was riding with the flow of eastbound traffic on College Street, the truck was stopped on the westbound side, waiting to make a turn onto the Amherst College campus.

While traffic slowed down to let the truck make its turn, Pangburn continued past the cars on his left, but was unable to slow down or stop before colliding with the truck, and Carey adds that he instead veered to the right in an “unsuccessful attempt to maneuver around the truck.”

Carey notes that members of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section found that the driver of the truck could not have seen Pangburn “in sufficient time to abort his turn.”

In addition, there was no evidence of that impairment, cell phone use, or mechanical defect played a role in the collision.

The investigation into the accident was conducted by Amherst Police, State Police detectives assigned to Sullivan’s office, and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.

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