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Victim of Fatal Bike Accident Was Enrolled in CAS

Chung-Wei “Victor” Yang came to Boston from Taiwan

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The bicyclist who was killed Monday night in an accident involving an MBTA bus has been identified as Chung-Wei Yang (CAS’15), an international relations major, who was known as “Victor” on the Charles River Campus and on Facebook. Yang came to BU from Taiwan in January, and was a second semester student. He lived off campus.

Yang’s parents arrived in Boston Thursday afternoon, and gave permission for the media to identify their son, who was riding his bike through the busy Allston intersection of Harvard Avenue and Brighton Avenue at 6:30 p.m. when he was struck by a number 57 MBTA bus. He was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Jake Wark, a spokesperson for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, says the driver of the bus has been tested for drugs and alcohol. Test results have not been released. The driver has not been charged, but has been taken out of service while the incident is investigated by police from the MBTA and the Boston Police Department. Wark says investigators are interviewing witnesses and studying surveillance video in an effort to establish the sequence of events leading to the accident.

Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore says Yang’s death is a very terrible loss. “I know that for me, at times like this, it really helps to talk to people who will listen to my concerns and anxieties,” says Elmore (SED’87). “It might be useful for some students to do the same thing.”

Counseling is available through the Dean of Students Office, from Marsh Chapel chaplains, at Student Health Services, and at the Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP). Chaplains can be reached at 617-353-3560. SHS counselors can be reached at 617-353-3575. SARP can be reached at 617-353-7277. An SHS Behavioral Medicine provider can be reached at 617-353-3569.

Mio Shang (CAS’15), who was in a writing class with Yang, says the class may never be the same. “He was the most active guy in the class,” says Shang. “He would be the first one to speak up, and was always really funny. Our class was very united and would hang out together on the weekends. Victor invited us all to visit him at his home in Taiwan during the summer holidays.”

“He was a very respectful and cheerful student who always showed interest in the class,” says Patricio Sanhueza, a teaching fellow who taught Yang in the College of Arts & Sciences astronomy course Alien Worlds. “He was also very happy studying here at BU. It is really sad what happened to him.”

A memorial service is planned for 9:30 a.m. this Saturday, November 17, at Marsh Chapel, preceded by a visitation, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the chapel’s Thurman Room. The memorial service is open to the public, but closed to the press.

Amy Laskowski contributed to this article; she can be reached at amlaskow@bu.edu.

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29 Comments on Victim of Fatal Bike Accident Was Enrolled in CAS

  • Michael on 11.15.2012 at 5:05 pm

    R.I.P. Vic. My dear friend.

  • BU alumna on 11.15.2012 at 6:23 pm

    RIP

  • Larry on 11.15.2012 at 6:52 pm

    Rest in peace my friend.

  • Jiaqi on 11.15.2012 at 8:00 pm

    天有不測風雲,人有旦夕禍福。 一路走好

  • Ami Chan on 11.15.2012 at 9:05 pm

    My dear friend , you will always be loved and remembered, rest in peace. I miss you very badly.

  • Biker on 11.15.2012 at 9:19 pm

    Rest in peace

  • Jin on 11.16.2012 at 1:46 am

    may you rest in peace, my dear friend.

  • a bicyclist, too on 11.16.2012 at 7:44 am

    Thank you for brightening the world. Rest well and peace to your family.

  • bu student on 11.16.2012 at 8:30 am

    RIP Victor. Anybody know whether he wore a helmet? I don’t know the details of his injuries, but I would hate to think this could have been prevented :(

    • AP on 11.16.2012 at 10:09 am

      UniversalHub.com is reporting that he was not wearing a helmet.

      I drive in the length of Comm Ave every morning, and unfortunately, most of the cyclists I see riding to class are not wearing helmets. It’s a shame, especially at a school that is at the forefront of research on traumatic brain injuries, that so few people are aware of how important helmets are.

    • victor's friend on 11.16.2012 at 10:33 am

      no, Victor was not wearing a helmet. He was only wearing a Red Sox cap. He was one of the best people I’ve ever met. Of all the people I know, everybody liked him. He managed to befriend all kinds of people. He’s always caring, always there for his friends. One of the most attentive, dedicated person to people around him. So many people bike around that area everyday, yet a person whose presence lightened up so many others’ lives was chosen. He will be missed by us all, because we all love him.

    • Daniel Kamalic on 11.16.2012 at 4:43 pm

      Helmets are great, but this is not an opportunity to blame the victim. Please, everyone, let’s understand that even if you are wearing a helmet, being hit by an MBTA bus is a losing proposition. We need to make the roads safer for cyclists.

  • Amber on 11.16.2012 at 8:49 am

    Rest in pease

  • Becky on 11.16.2012 at 10:07 am

    Victor was my classmate, and I didn’t know him very well, but he was immensely friendly and good-natured, always smiling and laughing, he was the light of our class. I think he truly brought happiness to so many people’s lives, no matter for how long or how well they knew him.

  • Helen on 11.16.2012 at 10:11 am

    What a gentle looking soul and such a terrible tragedy. Rest in peace.

  • Biker 3 on 11.16.2012 at 10:33 am

    This is such an upsetting story. What a great loss to his family and friends and the BU community as a whole.

    Perhaps the BU Police and MBTA should get together to give a workshop to bus drivers and bikers about road safety. I am a biker and recently had a close call with a bus myself. We all need to be educated around this issue.

  • Mai on 11.16.2012 at 10:39 am

    R.I.P Victor. 愿家人安好。

  • Red on 11.16.2012 at 11:41 am

    rip vic

  • Lynn on 11.16.2012 at 12:35 pm

    R.I.P Victor

  • ChenHo on 11.16.2012 at 1:21 pm

    一路好走,我們下輩子有緣在一起打混摸魚。我迴臺灣會替你燒跟香的

  • Paul Horn on 11.16.2012 at 1:38 pm

    Terribly sad…condolences to his family and friends. It is a difficult to ask but but perhaps important and useful to know whether he was wearing a helmet and/or reflective gear. In any event, it’s an opportunity to remind all cyclists to do so, especially on Boston’s busy streets.

    • a cyclist on 11.16.2012 at 4:12 pm

      First and foremost my condolences to the family.

      In regards to your comment, Paul, victim blaming is all to common in the cycling community. As if a helmet is going to save you from being run over by a bus anyway. Also, why do you assume it was his fault at all. Maybe the MBTA, who have already killed 2 cyclists this year (that I know of), should be educated on how to share the road.

      As a well lit cyclist, who wears a helmet, I’ve had numerous run-ins with the MBTA. In fact a month or so ago I filed a complaint with a bus driver who passed by me at a high speed and way to close for comfort.

      • Becky on 11.19.2012 at 1:18 pm

        Agreed. I try to be an extremely careful, defensive cyclist, and I still have gotten very nearly trashed by a bus on at least 3 occasions. They are unpredictable and I am terrified of them, and they need to learn to share the road better with bikes.
        I can understand the kind of balls to the wall attitude you need to be a bus driver in Boston… it must be hell, but that isn’t safe with bikes becoming more and more numerous. (and usually for every bike, that’s one less car causing traffic) Sure, it’s in your best interest as a cyclist to wear a helmet, use lights and reflective material, but you can’t control other people’s stupid actions.

  • Daniel Kamalic on 11.16.2012 at 4:45 pm

    BU Today, please change your usage of the word “accident” to either “crash” or “incident”. Without knowing the findings of the police investigation, we cannot assume that this tragedy was simply an “accident”.

    • KR on 11.16.2012 at 4:48 pm

      Accident (noun): an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap: i.e. automobile accidents.

      • Daniel Kamalic on 11.16.2012 at 5:02 pm

        “that occurs unintentionally” is the critical point here. We do not know that in this situation.

        Journalistic current best practice is to refer to these things as “incidents,” “crashes,” or “collisions”. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1837_aae/page21.shtml

        • Anon on 11.17.2012 at 4:12 pm

          Oh, look, a journalism student who is trying to show off. Not the appropriate thread or forum for this. Let it rest.

  • Par par liu from Taipei on 11.17.2012 at 12:57 pm

    From his name I know he must be from Taiwan too, I am so sorry for that tragedy,
    my young friend. God Bless you.

  • Biker on 11.17.2012 at 4:25 pm

    I passed the hurst with its rear hatch open which was parked in front of Marsh at around 7am this morning on Comm Ave. I was on my bike. It was very surreal and left me with a feeling of sadness as I made my way to destination. RIP Victor

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