AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Police arrested a Northampton man in connection with a hit and run that left a 20-year-old UMass Amherst student injured Monday.
According to a news release sent to 22News by the office of Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, police found the vehicle on Wednesday that was involved in the crash and arrested 20-year-old Jacob Delisle at his home in Florence who allegedly had been driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.
Williamsburg Police Chief Denise Wickland was told after seeing the report on the news, to contact Delisle’s Auto Body in Haydenville. After further investigation, Delisle allegedly told his father that he had hit a deer, causing damage to the 2015 Chevy Equinox and his father later sought to get repaired at his cousin’s body shop.
Police located and seized the SUV at the father’s place of business in Turners Falls with front bumper and hood damage. A statement from Delisle’s father stated the son had the vehicle at the time of the incident. State police met Jacob Delisle at his residence and after a brief interview was arrested and taken to the UMass police station.
Delisle was arraigned at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to the following charges:
- Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in personal injury
- Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
- Crosswalk violation
- Misleading a witness
Delisle is being held on $5,000. Once Delisle posts bail, he is not allowed on the UMass campus or allowed to drive a vehicle. Delisle had a previous no-trespass order in March 2021 issued by UMass Police for 24 months after Delisle, a non-student, was discovered drinking on campus.
According to court documents, the 20-year-old victim was crossing Massachusetts Avenue in a crosswalk near Sunset Avenue on the University of Massachusetts campus Monday at around 10:15 p.m. when he was hit by an SUV. The vehicle failed to stop and continued traveling eastbound on Massachusetts Avenue, according to investigators.
The victim was found unable to move by a woman who called 911 and helped stop oncoming traffic. A second witness assisted with providing medical aid to the victim. He was seriously injured and taken to Baystate Medical Center.
The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts State Police released photos to the public of the suspected SUV involved in the hit and run to help identify the driver.
The crash is still being investigated by the UMass Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Detectives attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.