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Two Mount Ida College students killed in crash

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 2, 2007 07:37 AM

NEWTON

The two Mount Ida College students from Japan had just finished classes Friday and were ready to start celebrating summer, a college official said. But their lives were cut short early yesterday when the car they were in crashed into an oak tree about a mile from campus, Globe staff writer April Simpson reports today.

Takahiko Nagashima, 23, and Masaki Matsuguchi, 22, were pronounced dead shortly after crashing near the corner of Dedham Street and Woodcliff Road in Newton at 12:49 a.m., police said.

Matsuguchi, a junior majoring in fashion merchandising and marketing, was making arrangements to live off campus for the summer; and Nagashima, who graduated from Mount Ida last month with a bachelor's degree in graphic design, had just completed his last course and planned to return to Japan today, a college spokesman said.

"It's just a devastating event," said Philip Conroy , vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Mount Ida. "We know all of the students here, so it's like losing members of the family."

Read more about the tragedy in today's City & Region section.

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