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College Student Identified as Man Killed While Crossing Street

The man killed by a vehicle while crossing a busy Belchertown street last weekend has been identified as a University of Massachusetts-Amherst student from New Jersey.

The Northwestern district attorney's office announced Monday that the man who died Saturday was 20-year-old Matthew Schiek, of Freehold, New Jersey.

Authorities say Schiek was crossing Route 9 just before 2 a.m. when he was struck by an eastbound pickup truck.

The death remains under investigation.

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The driver has cooperated with investigators and drugs, alcohol and erratic operation do not appear to be factors.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Schiek was a mechanical and industrial engineering major. A group of friends said in a statement that he was ``great student, athlete, musician, but most of all an amazing friend.''

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