BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – 62-year-old Amherst resident Larry Kelley has been identified as the victim of Friday’s head-on collision in Belchertown.
Kelley was a well-known and influential Amherst blogger whose blog was entitled “Only in the Republic of Amherst.” He used a drone to chronicle events and landscapes in and above Amherst.
Paul Keating of Belchertown told 22News,” It’s a sad day and I think alot of people will mourn him, both liberal and conservative.”
Kelley was a Black Belt Karate Instructor/Master and, according to his twitter profile, “Born and raised in Amherst (5th generation). Owned and operated karate school/health club for 28 years. UMass Certificate of Journalism. Adopted 2 darling daughters.”
Keating continued to say, “The kind of person you really need to have in a town this size, that’s going to keep everybody on their toes. I think Larry was well known and probably respected for his view points and bringing up some of the topics he did, to keep Amherst honest.”
Kelley was killed in a head-on collision on Route 9 in Belchertown just before 3 o’clock Friday afternoon. According to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, Kelley’s vehicle was traveling east on Route 9 when a vehicle coming west collided with Kelley’s car. The other vehicle was being driven by an 18-year-old Belchertown man.
George Thomas of Springfield added, “I really do empathize with it because it’s a sad event, especially someone who had a lot of things going on and a lot to give the community. So, it really is a regret. It’s a sad loss.”
The 18-year-old and two passengers were taken to Baystate Medical Center for treatment of injuries described as “not life-threatening.” Route 9 was shut down for about 3 hours while Belchertown Police and the State Police Accident Reconstruction Team investigated.
No charges had been filed as of Saturday, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.
The photographs used in this report were taken by a private citizen who granted permission for 22News to use them for this purpose.