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BU Freshman Dies After Memorial Drive Accident

BU Freshman Dies
After Memorial Drive Accident

Boston University freshman Beatriz Ponce died early Wednesday morning after being hit by a car at the intersection of Amesbury St. and Memorial Drive, according to The Daily Free Press, a BU student newspaper. Amesbury St. marks the border between the western edge of MIT’s campus and the Hyatt Regency hotel.

Ponce, 17, was struck Tuesday night by a silver Ford Focus driven by Maurizio Aragona, 31, of Belmont, Mass. Aragona, who tried to help Ponce after the accident, had a green light. Ponce did not use a crosswalk, The Daily Free Press reported. Ponce was pronounced dead at 3:48 a.m. at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Aragona has not been charged and an investigation is ongoing.

Ponce played a soccer game with BU sophomore Hugo Juarez and BU freshman Chiara Cortez Tuesday night and was left at George Sherman Union on Commonwealth Ave. to catch a midnight shuttle to the Hyatt, The Daily Free Press reported. Some BU students live in overflow housing at the Hyatt. Cortez told the BU newspaper, “The bus either didn’t make it on time, or she got tired of waiting.”

BU Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore e-mailed students yesterday afternoon, writing, “Sadly, this accident reminds us all of the dangers ever present in our daily lives.”

“Our heart goes out to her family and friends and to all those who knew her and loved her,” BU spokesman Colin Riley said to The Daily Free Press.

Marie Y. Thibault