Twenty-year-old Freehold, New Jersey resident and University of Massachusetts Amherst student Matthew Schiek was struck and killed by a pickup truck in the early morning hours of February 14, CBS 3 Springfield reported.
Schiek and three other students were standing in the vicinity of Old Amherst Road and Two Ponds Road next to Schiek’s broken down vehicle, according to Belchertown Police Detective John Raymer. Schiek attempted to cross the road in the direction of the residency where he had called a taxi when a pickup truck traveling east along Route 9 in Belchertown hit him at around 1:45 a.m. None of the other students were reported as injured.
Raymer said the driver of the pickup truck remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated with the investigation of the police authorities. It was also reported that drugs, alcohol or any other erratic behaviors are not believed to have contributed to the pedestrian accident.