BU Student In Critical Condition After Crash

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 13

Got this in the email today, sad news, will try to keep on top of it as things change.
Thanks for the news tip Craig.

Hope she recovers.


Via the Daily Freepress.

A male Boston University student hit a female biker with the car he was driving at the corner of Buick Street and Commonwealth Avenue at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim was a BU student also, said Sargeant Patrick Nuzzi of the Boston University Police Department.

The biker’s head smashed the windshield of the BMW sedan, which is registered in New York, said a Boston Police Department officer on the scene who wished to remain anonymous.

Despite being a BU student for the past four years, the driver had failed to get a Mass. license and is considered under state law to be driving without a license, the officer said.

New bike lanes on Comm. Ave. have made it easier for bikers to be safe, but the lack of traffic laws specific to bikers has led to accidents, he said.

A friend of the offender had to drive the vehicle away from the site of the accident and have his license verified by police.

The BPD officer said that the charges against the vehicle operator will depend on the victim’s medical condition, but it is up to BPD to decide.

The female student was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is in fairly critical condition and could possibly be suffering from head trauma, he said.

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7 Responses to “BU Student In Critical Condition After Crash”

  1. By Erik on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Two things…

    One: Lack of traffic laws specific to bikers? What about M.G.L. Ch 85 Sec 11B?

    Two: Students from out-of-state are generally considered nonresidents and are NOT required to get a MA license. They are, however, required to register their vehicle. This is spelled out in MGL Ch 90 Sec 3: “Every nonresident enrolled as a student at a school or college in the commonwealth who operates a motor vehicle registered in another state…shall file…a form approved by the registrar of motor vehicles….Any such nonresident who fails to comply with the provisions of this paragraph shall be punished by a fine of not more than $200.”

  2. By Ziv on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Wait, was she wearing a helmet?

  3. By Rebecca on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    I do not think the bike lanes on Comm. Ave. by BU have made it safer for bicycles. The bike lanes there are in the door zone The door zone is actually 5 or 6 feet from a parked car not the 3 to 4 feet which is commonly stated. That’s 3 feet for the width of a door on a 4 door car,(4 feet for a 2 door car), 1 foot for half a standard handlebar and an extra foot to avoid instinctively swerving should the car door open. That adds up to 5 feet and puts a cyclist right on the white line. I stay 5 feet from parked cars (on the white line) to avoid being doored. Unfortunately that puts me right on the edge of the car travel lane while cars pass by very close. On the west bound stretch between the BU bridge and Babcock street the three wide traffic lanes encourage cars to drive fast. It does not feel safe riding there. The intersection on Comm. Ave( east bound) by the BU bridge is a particularly dangerous intersection. Cars taking the second right to do the loop to go over the bridge cut across the bike path. When I am driving in my car it is very difficult to make that second right turn while trying to avoid bicycles. And while you are looking for an opening to get into the right hand traffic lane on the other side of the bike lane, cars behind you have managed to get over to the right hand lane so you have to look out for them also. It is even worse when it is raining and your visibility is obscured.

  4. By Erik on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Rebecca: I completely agree about that Comm Ave/BU bridge intersection. I’ve taking to just doing a hook-turn there on my bike to get across the bridge, and in the car, I just take my time and I’m still afraid I’m going to not see someone.

    I don’t know what the solution is…it seems like the best one might be just to have the bikes merge back into the car lane so that their is no bike lane for right-turning cars to cross. It’s only for about a block, so it shouldn’t slow things up too dramatically.

  5. By Rebecca on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    I have thought about how that intersection could be improved. If both of the two right turning lanes stayed to the right before the intersection, there wouldn’t be any of this trying to cut across the bike lane after the intersection. I was told by a transportation engineer that doing that would cause a long back up for cars. The long standing practice has been not to inconvenience automobilists. That is why we will only get bike infrastructure that can be accommodated into the existing infrastructure that was designed for cars. While what we need for bikes is infrastructure that is safe & feels safe for all ages of cyclists. I would drive my car a lot less if we were working towards what they have in The Netherlands as can be seen in this link – http://hembrow.blogspot.com/2011/10/safe-cycling-for-8-to-80-year-olds.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AViewFromTheCyclePath-DavidHembrow+%28A+view+from+the+cycle+path+-+David+Hembrow%29
    I bet there are a lot of car drivers that would prefer to go by bike but they see what there is out there to ride on and it doesn’t look safe to them.

  6. By Matt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    i almost drove into a cyclist in the bike lane at that intersection. its easy not to see people

  7. By Really? on Nov 3, 2011 | Reply

    So an unlicensed student driver smashes his car into a cyclist and the police department blames “the lack of traffic laws specific to bikers” for the crash? Really? WTF?

    Why doesn’t Boston P.D. start by holding the perpetrator — the driver of the motor vehicle — accountable for his action. Was he talking on the phone? Was he speeding? Is he a good driver? We know that he’s not properly licensed.

    If this motorist had been walking down Comm Ave and accidentally discharged his gun and hit one of his fellow students with a bullet would Boston P.D. hold him accountable or would they issue some bullshit statement about needing better gun laws?

    People should be outraged by the cops’ flippant disregard for cyclists’ safety, their willingness to blame the victim and their unwillingness to hold motorists accountable for their dangerous behavior.

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