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Boston College graduate student killed by MBTA bus

There is only so much space on city streets in Massachusetts. The combination of motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians all trying to make their way in the bustle of city life is sometimes a recipe for disaster. There is perhaps nothing much more frightening than the realization for a pedestrian, bicyclist or even motorcyclist that they are about to collide with something as massive as a truck or bus. And yet that may be exactly what one Boston College graduate student experienced just before her life was snuffed out by an MBTA bus in a Boston bicycle accident recently.

Scant details of the bicycle accident were provided by Boston or transit authorities. It was not reported where in the city the accident happened or exactly what occurred. The deceased 28-year-old woman was said to be a gifted teacher and graduate student at Boston College where she was pursuing a master's degree in counseling psychology.

It is only known that the Seattle native was riding her bicycle and collided with the bus, resulting in the fatal bicycle accident. The identity of the bus driver was not released, though it was noted he has close to six years of experience on the job. Regardless of the bus operator's experience, the young woman died late on Friday, June 1, from the injuries she sustained. It will be up to Massachusetts police and transit authorities to now piece together exactly what happened. The victim's family is left with more questions than answers, as they struggle to deal with what must surely seem insurmountable grief in the face of such a sudden and seemingly senseless tragedy.

Source: Boston.com, "Authorities ID Mass. cyclist dead in bus accident," June 3, 2012

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