Ghost Bike to commemorate the death of Livingston Pangburn
Over the next few days thousands of college students will stream past this memorial, erected soon after Amherst College graduation day last May 26th, when a tragedy occurred around 4:00 PM on a busy Sunday afternoon.
The cycle of being a college town means the two busiest weekends of the year are when our institutes of higher education go on hiatus for the summer via graduations, and now when they reopen for the start of the fall semester.
Hampshire College will be shy one gifted student, Livingston Pangburn, age 22, most recently from nearby Granby.
He was descending a somewhat steep hill heading east on College Street when a panel truck heading west took a left into the Amherst College east entrance.
Amherst College East Entrance, College Street looking east
A fatal collision resulted.
According to a recent email response from Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Pepyne: "The investigation of this accident has not been completed. The Mass. State Police Collision and Accident Reconstruction (CARS) team generally takes three to four months to complete an investigation."
I've noticed, however, with these tragic fatal accidents that the longer it takes the less likely charges will be brought against the driver.
Either way, it doesn't bring back Liv Pangburn.