UMass cyclist injured in downtown hit-and-run accident

By Collegian News Staff

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While riding a bicycle downtown, a University of Massachusetts senior was struck by a car and injured in an alleged hit-and-run accident Saturday night.

The cyclist, Matthew Oliverio, a 22-year-old biology major originally from Braintree, Mass. and now living in Amherst, was seriously injured and transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after the incident, according to police. Hospital officials have since upgraded his condition to fair, according to MassLive.com.

Police responded to a report of a bicyclist being struck by a car on Main Street near the roadway’s intersection with Gray Street at 10:22 p.m., said Amherst Detective Gregory Wise in a press release.

Witnesses told police the car involved – which is described as a dark-colored sedan – drove away from the scene.

Information relating to the accident may be reported to the town police department’s detective bureau at 413-259-3015.

-Collegian News Staff