Tanya was riding a bicycle home yesterday with a friend was
struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in South Boston, police said.
Tanya Connolly of South Boston immigrated from Ireland 14 years ago,
friends and family said. She had lived and worked in the city ever
“She was full of life,” said her distraught brother, Carl Connolly, who
spoke briefly after he walked out of the police station on West
Broadway, where witnesses were being interviewed. “She was the glue that
held her friends together. She’s definitely going to be missed” He said
she was an active, vibrant woman who often biked to get around.
“She’d been riding forever,” he said.
She came from a small family in
Ireland but had a “huge” circle of friends, he said. Several were
gathered at the police station yesterday and emerged in tears. “She was
more full of life and enjoyment than anyone I’d ever known,” said one.
“She was a radiating, shining light,” said another.
The woman was struck just before 4 p.m. as an R&L Carrier
tractor-trailer was turning from A Street onto Broadway. R&L Carrier
said they could not release any information about the crash last night.
The driver of the truck stopped immediately and an investigation by the
accident reconstruction team is under way, police said.
“She came into contact with the right side of the vehicle as it was
taking a left,” said Boston Police Superintendent Bruce Holloway.
Donations for a fund for animals are being collected by her family for the MSPCA