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Harry Delmolino, 18, Dies of Injuries Sustained in Downtown Bicycle Crash

NORTHAMPTON — Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan announced today that Hadley resident Harry Delmolino, 18, the bicyclist involved in Saturday night’s collision at the corner of Main and Pleasant streets Saturday night, died Tuesday afternoon at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

Northampton police officers responded quickly to the accident, where they secured the accident scene, diverted traffic, and interviewed witnesses after Delmolino was transported to Baystate Medical Center by Northampton ambulance. A special state police unit arrived shortly to document and investigate the crash. (Mary Serreze photo)

The crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Pleasant streets. Delmolino was traveling east on Main when his bicycle was hit by an Acura turning left onto Pleasant Street. The vehicle was driven by Celso Avelar, 43, of Northampton.

Although an earlier press release by Sullivan’s office place the crash at 7:45 p.m., witnesses to the immediate aftermath put the crash earlier.

Delmolino had been transported by Northampton Ambulance to Baystate, where he remained for three days in critical condition.

A state police spokesman referred all questions to the District Attorney’s office. Sullivan was not immediately available for comment.

Moments after the accident, Sullivan requested that CPAC, the state police detective unit assigned to the DA’s office respond to the scene. The Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS) was observed investigating, taking measurements, and gathering evidence the in the hours after the accident occurred.

The collision remains under investigation by the Northampton Police, the CARS unit, and State Police detectives with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

Sullivan, in a press release, said it was too early to draw any conclusions about how the accident happened.

“We are conducting a collaborative and comprehensive investigation with our law enforcement partners. We will wait for all relevant information to be gathered and evaluated before drawing any conclusion about the nature and cause of the collision,” wrote Sullivan.

— Mary Serreze

© Northampton Media 2012

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1 Response for “Harry Delmolino, 18, Dies of Injuries Sustained in Downtown Bicycle Crash”

  1. ricelavender says:

    He grew from a quiet child into a young man who loved hiking, bicycling and camping. He was fascinated by high-performance cars and had become a good bicycle mechanic over the past year while working at the Laughing Dog Bicycles in Amherst.

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