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Northborough native killed while riding bike to work in DC

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 8, 2008 08:25 PM

A young woman from Northborough just starting her career in Washington D.C. was killed this morning when she was run over by a garbage truck while riding her bicycle to work.

Alice Swanson, 22, was pronounced dead at a Washington hospital after she was struck at the intersection of 20th Street and R Streets in the city's Northwest section. She was riding westbound on R Street when a garbage truck traveling in the same direction took a right and apparently didn't see her, said Officer Joshua Aldiva, a Metropolitan Police Department spokesman.

aliceswanson.JPG(Middle East Institute Photo)
A 2007 Amherst College graduate, Swanson was fluent in Spanish and Arabic. She recently completed an internship program at The Middle East Institute, a D.C.-based think tank. A lover of international affairs and travel, she studied abroad in India and Nicaragua during college.

The Institute expressed its sadness at Swanson’s death, calling her "a true spirit of friendship" in a memorial statement on their website.

"Alice's intelligence and passion for learning was rivaled only by her great warmth and friendliness," Adam Mendelson, Swanson’s former boss and the managing editor of the organization's Middle East Journal publication, said in a statement. "I can't ever recall her without a smile on her face."

Swanson’s family is left with a deep loss.

"She is so energetic and enthusiastic. She always wants to explore or travel," said her father, Brian, reached by telephone in Northborough, where Alice was born and raised. "She’s got a room full of maps here, world maps and things like that. She wanted to travel."

"I just feel that she had so many things that she wanted to do -- to help people. Now it's not going to happen."

-- John M. Guilfoil

4 comments so far...
  1. In DC is dangerous to walk much less bike.

    is horrible city.

    Posted by cindy mcneil July 9, 08 01:44 PM
  1. This girl was in my Arabic class at UMass. I never got to know her but my heart seriously just stopped. She just seemed like the sweetest person in the world.

    May God be with her family and friends.

    Posted by M July 13, 08 11:58 PM
  1. She was in my Arabic class also -- extremely warm and caring (and the best Arabic speaker in the class!) Rest in Peace.

    Posted by Greg July 14, 08 03:10 PM
  1. I went to high school with Alice and she was one of the kindest young women you would ever know. She was one of those people who you wanted to be around because she was always so optimistic and warm spirited. She was incredibly smart, but so humble.

    Posted by Mark D July 19, 08 03:01 AM
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