Endicott College student from Japan identified as woman killed by MBTA commuter rail train in Beverly on Wednesday

An Endicott College student from Japan has been identified by the school as the person who was fatally injured when struck by an MBTA commuter rail train in Beverly’s Prides Crossing neighborhood on Wednesday.

Asaki Nishiyama was 22 years old and a senior at the Beverly college where she had been majoring in creative and fine arts, according to a letter Endicott President Richard Wylie sent to the school community this week.

Nishiyama was walking on the tracks when she was hit by the train near where the tracks cross Thissell Street -which is less than a mile from the college’s campus – and was pronounced dead at the scene, officials have said. Her death is under investigation by Transit Police and Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office.


Wylie described Nishiyama as an active member of the Endicott community, was someone who had a love for photography, and was an excellent student. Recently, she wanted to bring world views to the college through a new program on Endicott’s radio station.

“She wanted to help other students become more internationally involved and raise awareness about the life-changing diversity of the world,’’ Wylie in a statement posted on the school’s website.

The college plans to hold a memorial service for students and staff at a later date.

“I know this announcement affects all of us deeply,’’ Wylie said in his statement. “I want to encourage our students, parents, faculty and staff to support each other as we process Asaki’s passing. I know we are a strong community, kind and respectful, and that will be important in the coming days.’’

Endicott College is a liberal arts institution in Beverly with approximately 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students.

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