Ghost Bike dedicated to Liv Pangburn
The DA has just confirmed no charges will be filed in the awful death of a young cyclist over four months ago:
From the Office of Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan
Oct. 8, 2013
No charges are being sought against the driver of an Amherst College box truck that was involved in a fatal collision with a bicyclist in Amherst on May 26, 2013.
Livingston “Liv” Pangburn, 22, of Amherst, died as the result of injuries he sustained in the collision, which occurred at the intersection of College Street (Route 9) and Dickinson Street. Pangburn was bicycling eastbound down the right-hand side of College Street, which heads downhill from the center of Amherst. Traffic was heavy at the time due to commencement activities at Amherst College, and Pangburn was riding alongside a steady stream of vehicles also heading eastbound. Meanwhile, the Amherst College box truck was stopped in the westbound lane, waiting to make a left-hand turn onto the Amherst College campus.
As the eastbound traffic to Pangburn’s left slowed to a stop to allow the box truck to make its turn, Pangburn continued down the right-hand lane, passing the vehicles to his left. Pangburn was unable to slow or stop his bicycle in time to avoid colliding with the truck, and instead veered to the right in an unsuccessful attempt to maneuver around the truck. Pangburn was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, but sustained traumatic injuries to his torso.
The Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (“CARS”) determined that the driver of the box truck could not have seen Pangburn in sufficient time to abort his turn and found no evidence that impairment, cell phone use, or mechanical defects played any part in the collision.
The incident was jointly investigated by the Amherst Police, the Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, and CARS.
Mary Carey – Communications Director