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MBTA Bus Cited as Potential Factor in Death of 28-Year-Old Cyclist

The death of Boston College graduate student and Seattle native Kelsey Rennebohm remains under investigation, but officials have reportedly identified a Route 39 MBTA bus as being potentially involved in the incident, according to The Boston Globe. Rennebohm, who died Friday in a bicycle accident, was studying at the Boston College Lynch School of Education.

Little information has been released regarding the circumstances of her death, which was the result of an accident occurring around 10:25pm at the intersection of Forsyth Street and Huntington Avenue, according to Transit and Boston Police. Although the investigation is still being conducted, authorities say that police have questioned the bus driver but have not yet brought any charges.

Rennebohm was also a 2006 graduate of Barnard College and worked for two years teaching Spanish to seventh- and eighth-graders. She has been described by officials at Boston College as “a gifted student and an experienced teacher.”

Bicycle accidents are an area of concern for the City of Boston, where cyclists are numerous–particularly after the recent implementation of Hubway, a bicycle sharing system which launched in July 2011. City officials state that they have taken significant steps to reduce accident rates for cyclists. Bike lanes were installed on Massachusetts and Commonwealth avenues after they were identified as having the highest and second-highest accident rates, respectively, according to Nicole Freedman, the director of bicycle programs for the City of Boston. Freedman also acknowledged, however, that “there is always more that can be done.”

Cyclist, 28, killed Friday remembered as dedicated educator, Boston.com, June 3, 2012
Boston has its eye on trouble spots for bike accidents, Boston.com, January 19, 2012

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