Officials ID UMass student killed in Belchertown car accident - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM


Officials ID UMass student killed in Belchertown car accident

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A pickup truck traveling on Route 9 in Belchertown struck and killed a 20-year-old UMass student who was on the road around 1:45 a.m. Saturday in the vicinity of Old Amherst Road and Two Ponds Road.

The victim was identified as Matthew T. Schiek, of Freehold, NJ, according to Mary Carey, communications director for the Northwestern District Attorney's office.

Belchertown Police Detective John Raymer told CBS 3 the victim had been with three other UMass students and were at a get-together on Old Amherst Road.

Raymer says that the male victim had been assisting his broken-down motor vehicle with headlights and flashers on, and was struck while he crossed the road heading back towards a residency where he had called for a taxi.

The male victim was reportedly wearing dark clothing at the time of the incident and was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim is believed to be in the junior class at University of Massachusetts at Amherst according to others on scene.

Raymer believes that all four students who were traveling in the broken-down vehicle, including the victim, had been living together in Amherst while attending the University.

The driver of the pickup truck was driving eastbound on Route 9 at the time of the accident. According to investigating authorities, the driver of the vehicle remained on scene and cooperated during the investigation.

Authorities say that drugs, alcohol and erratic operation do not appear to have been contributing factors.

The case remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit, assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office, State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS) and Belchertown police.

No charges have been filed at this time.

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