Kelsey was a student a Boston College where she is remembered as a gifted student and an experienced teacher who worked to
provide high-quality instruction and support services for all children.
A 2006 honors graduate of Barnard College, Rennebohm was enrolled
full-time in the Lynch School’s counseling psychology program. Prior to
attending BC, she had worked for two years as a teacher in New York
from CBS Boston:
As a cold drizzle covered Boston on Monday, the friends of 28-year-old Boston College graduate student Kelsey Rennebohm gathered to remember her.
“Someone this morning described her as a light,” says Amy Piepiora,
one of about 40 friends who walked from Cleveland Circle to BC to honor
Rennebohm was killed when she was hit by an MBTA bus on Friday night while riding her bike on Huntington Ave.
“She was just a fantastic friend and colleague and we are all better because of her,” says Piepiora.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Ben Parker reports
The MBTA is still investigating the crash that killed Kelsey Rennebohm.
In recent years, Huntington Ave. has been the scene of numerous bike accidents, including a handful of deadly ones.
“In that particular roadway there have been 3 incidents in the last (5) years,” says Boston Mayor Tom Menino.
A big supporter of biking in Boston, Mayor Menino points out that Huntington doesn’t have bike paths.
“We want to take a very serious look at what we can do there,” says Menino.
But in a busy city like Boston with congested streets and a lot of
traffic, how can drivers and cyclists co-exist? It’s the constant
struggle, cyclists versus drivers.
“A lot of the cars are pretty angry with a lot of the bikers,
probably due to the aggressive nature in which they drive,” says Nick
Bruno, a college student who cycles often in the city.
But you don’t have to look far to get the opposite view from drivers.
“It’s actually really frustrating because a lot of times they’ll come
into the lane and will swerve right in front of you,” says one Boston
“In the city of Boston it’s likely that there are several hundred
accidents a year,” says David Watson, the head of MassBike, the
Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition.
Fortunately, most of those crashes don’t result in serious injuries or hospitalizations.
Watson points out that the city has accomplished a lot over the past
several years as far as encouraging safe cycling. But he says two things
are needed to make Boston safer; continued road improvements and more
awareness from both cyclists and drivers.
“We’re all people trying to get someplace and we all want to get
there safely. That really how we should think about it,” says Watson.
Full coverage of the crash and aftermath is here