On Saturday, September 16, 2017, at approximately 2:30 a.m., the Amherst Fire Department and Amherst Police Department responded to an address on Fearing Street in Amherst after receiving a 911 call regarding an injured party. First responders located a 20-year-old man from Wayland, Massachusetts, unresponsive with obvious injuries to his head.
Witnesses reported that the man, who had attended a party on North Pleasant Street earlier in the evening, had run off into the yard behind a residence on Fearing Street, where authorities believe he fell from a 10-foot retaining wall, landed in a shallow brook and struck his head. The man was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Amherst Police Department, working in collaboration with the Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s death, as well as his whereabouts and activities in the hours preceding his death. It has been determined that the man was not a UMass student, but rather, was visiting friends in the area.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has yet to officially pronounce the cause of death, and toxicology results are still pending. Preliminarily, it does not appear that the death is criminal in nature.
Any further inquiries should be directed to the Office of Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.