When a crash takes place involving an enclosed vehicle and a pedestrian, there can be little doubt as to which party will emerge with more serious injury. Massachusetts drivers have the responsibility to uphold a high state of vigilance while operating their vehicles, and to always be on the lookout for pedestrians on or near the roadways. When a car accident takes place and a pedestrian is involved, the outcome is often tragic.
Such is the case in a recent accident that took place in Belchertown. A former Howell ice hockey player was attempting to cross Route 9 near the intersection with Two Ponds Road when he was struck by a pickup truck. The young man, just 20 years of age, was unable to survive the devastating injuries suffered in the accident.
Police are investigating the matter, but they have issued a statement that they do not believe that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident. It is not known whether he or she may have been distracted at the time of the crash, or what other causal factors may have been at play in the matter. At the time of his death, the young man was studying mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts.
As Massachusetts authorities continue to investigate the car accident, the family of the young man is entering the beginning stages of grief. They will have many difficult days ahead as they struggle to come to terms with their loss and await a determination of the causes for the crash. Should police determine that negligence on the part of the driver was a causal factor, a wrongful death suit and/or criminal charges could result.
Source: app.com, "Howell hockey alum Matthew Schiek killed in accident, to be honored", Chris Rotolo, Feb. 18, 2015