AMHERST, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A student at UMass Amherst has died after being hit by a car on Tuesday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.
The car hit 19-year-old Elena Lucore, who was from Mississippi, while her and a friend were on Massachusetts Avenue across from the former UMass Visitor’s Center at around 9:15 p.m. Lucore was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where she was pronounced dead. Lucore’s friend was not hurt.
The person driving the car was a 21-year-old UMass student who told police he was leaving the school library when he struck Lucore. He stayed on scene and cooperated with police. The Northwestern DA's Office said that according to reports, it was raining at the time of the incident.
In a statement to the UMass community, Dean of Students Dr. Evelyn Ashley told the UMass urged students "to reach out for assistance, or to direct others as appropriate. The news of this loss may be challenging for many in our community; our resources are available for that support."
The accident remains under investigation by the Northwestern DA’s Office, Massachusetts State Police and UMass Police. The medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death.