AMHERST, Mass. - Ruth A. Abrams, a visiting assistant professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, was injured in a car-pedestrian accident at UMass on Oct. 7. The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. as Abrams was walking in a crosswalk located on the west-bound side of Massachusetts Ave. between the Whitmore Administration Building and the Visitor''s Center.
Abrams, 33, of Somerville, Mass., was listed in serious condition at Baystate Medical Center as of Oct. 8. This is her third year of teaching at the University, according to Judaic and Near Eastern Studies department head, James Young. Driver of the car was UMass student Michael Palica, 22, of Marshfield, Mass.
The investigation is continuing, with the State Police accident reconstruction team assisting University police.