Vasi was studying economics at UMass in 2004. On the night of Thursday, Feb 5, Vasi was at a bar in Amherst, at the corner of Triangle and Mattoon. Maura was working the security desk at Melville Hall. Around 12:20, Vasi came out of the bar and was struck by a vehicle. Around 1 am, Maura broke down crying at work and was escorted back to her dorm. Some have speculated that Maura was upset because she was the one who hit Vasi -- before driving back to her shift before she could be caught.
I spoke to Lorina, Petrit's sister, today, for an update on Vasi. It was a difficult experience for their close-nit family. Following the accident, he was in a coma for two months, she says. Years later, he's still not the man he once was, though he is able to hold down a job and live his life.
She says the accident was definitely a hit and run, because there were marks on the street where a car had slammed on its breaks by his body. But no one has ever come forward.
"We've stopped looking back on it," she says. "It's hard for everyone. We just look forward, now, just thankful we didn't lose him."
Somewhere out there, someone knows what happened to Petrit. Maybe enough time has gone by that they can finally come forward to police and explain what happened. This family could sure use some closure.
But, it's too improbable for it to have been Maura. For one, she was working. It happened during her shift. There were two managers making rounds and surely someone would have noticed her missing. It was a long walk to her car and the accident happened in the city, a drive from the university. No way she made it there and back without anyone noticing.