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Newton student at Amherst killed in truck-bicycle accident

While road safety has improved somewhat for bicyclists in recent years, riders still face serious dangers on Massachusetts roads. In fact, a tragic accident at Amherst College recently took the life of a student from Newton. At the time of a May 30 report, the accident was still under investigation, and the grieving family of the cyclist is no doubt looking for answers. The 22-year-old was riding his bike near Amherst College when the driver of a truck tried to turn into the campus around 4 p.m. The truck hit the cyclist, who was rushed to Springfield’s Baystate Medical Center, where staff pronounced him deceased. Police are still investigating the collision, and the truck driver, who sustained no injuries, had not been charged at the time of a local report. According to the victim’s high school principal, he was a “gentle soul” who was once involved in his school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. The young man was described as warm and engaging. He had also more recently interned with the Family Equality Council, an advocacy group with a special emphasis on same-sex families. He was a student of sculpture who was set to graduate in about a year from now. His death comes as another major blow to the family, who are undoubtedly still coping with the death of the young man’s older brother in February. Negligence in auto accidents can take many forms, and surviving family members of accident victims sometimes find it necessary to pursue a wrongful death claim to see justice done. A driver’s criminal conviction isn’t necessary to seek compensation from that driver in a civil lawsuit. Source: Wicked Local, “Newton native dies in Amherst bicycle accident,” Trevor Jones, May 28, 2013

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