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Investigation continues of fatal accident

AMHERST — An accident that claimed the life of a University of Massachusetts student walking along North East Street last week remains under investigation.

Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office, said Monday that it will take between three and four months for the state police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section to determine the cause of the crash that killed Hannah B. Frilot, 20, of Amherst, as she and another person walked north along the side of North East Street about 11 p.m. Thursday.

Carey said it is a policy of the office not to release the names of people involved in accidents that are under investigation. The driver of the northbound Toyota RAV4 that hit Frilot has been identified only as a 63-year-old woman. No charges have been filed as a result of the accident.

Carey said that because the second pedestrian’s injuries were minor, the district attorney’s office would not identify that person.

UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski said campus officials have contacted Frilot’s family and will offer resources and support to them. “It’s a terrible tragedy and everybody is deeply saddened by the events,” Blaguszewski said.

Because most students are not on campus, the university did not activate the network of on-campus services for grieving students.

Frilot was about to enter her senior year as an engineering student.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.

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