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Cyclist killed in Cambridge accident ID’d

Prosecutors have identified the 23-year-old bicyclist killed in a collision with a oil tanker truck in Cambridge on Tuesday night as a 2010 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Phyo Kyaw, a native of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) died at Massachusetts General Hospital from injuries he suffered in the 7:40 p.m. accident at Vassar Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

The accident remains under investigation, a spokesman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said.

“This death, so tragic and so close to home, touches and concerns our entire community,” said MIT Chancellor Eric Grimson. “Our thoughts go out to Phyo Kyaw’s family, friends, and classmates. We share their sense of loss and grief.”

Kyaw earned an MIT chemical-biological engineering degree in 2010. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and worked at an MIT overnight summer camp for children who have lost a parent to cancer.

A Herald review earlier this year found that bike-friendly Cambridge has proven anything but a haven for cyclists, citing statistics that show more bike-versus-car accidents happened there than in any other Massachusetts community.

The review found nearly 400 car crashes involving cyclists — including one fatality — from 2002 through 2009, according to the latest available data from the state Department of Transportation.

Support and mental health services are available to MIT community members affected by Kyaw’s death, school officials said.

Source:  bostonherald.com