Orleans Town Clerk Pleads Guilty To Crash That Killed UMass Student

gavelNORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The Orleans town clerk has been sentenced to probation for striking and killing a University of Massachusetts-Amherst student in 2014.

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office says 65-year-old Cynthia May, of Orleans, pleaded guilty under a plea agreement Monday in Hampshire Superior Court to operating to endanger stemming from the July 31, 2014 collision that killed 20-year-old Hannah Frilot.

Frilot, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was walking her bicycle in a bike lane in Amherst when she was struck from behind by May. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. May stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

The case was scheduled to go to trial Monday before a plea agreement was reached. May was originally charged with negligent motor vehicle homicide.

May was sentenced to probation until Dec. 31, 2020.

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