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Brookline High Grad Killed in NYC Cycling Crash

Emma Blumstein, 24-year-old woman originally from Brookline, died in a crash in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning. No charges have been filed in the crash.

On Tuesday, June 12, a Brooklyn cycling crash took the life of a 24-year-old woman originally from Brookline, Emma Blumstein.

Her obituary on the Levine Chapels website says she graduated from  in 2006, and from Tufts in 2010 with a degree in English and a minor in Film Studies. 

Her family writes in the obituary, "Most of all Emma was wonderful person. Her extremely broad group of friends from every part of her life saw her as warm, considerate, loyal, supportive, fun and very funny with her quirky sense of humor. She was the best companion, buddy and confidant. We, her parents and sister, miss her beyond our ability to express our feelings of loss."

CrownHeights.info, a local news site, reports that she was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash involving her bike and a truck at Bedford Avenue and Empire Boulevard in Brooklyn, she was riding in a bike lane at the time of the crash. According to Streets Blog, a NYC-area cycling blog, the crash sounds like what cyclists call a "Left cross"--where a vehicle is attempting to take a left turn, and the cyclist is riding straight in the opposite direction.

No charges have been filed against the driver, who told CrownHeights.info that “she was just coming so fast and I was already into the turn; I just could not stop”.

Services were held at Temple Israel on Longwood Avenue, at 11 a.m. today, and her burial was at the Temple Israel cemetery in Wakefield. Her family will hold a memorial observance at their home on Sunday, from 4 to 7 p.m., and ask that donations be made to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. 

Laurie Lasky June 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM
The family has also added memorial observance at their home today, Saturday between the hours of 4 and 7. And you have a serious typo in the last sentence. The word "donations" should be substituted for the first appearance of the word "flowers".
Karla Vallance June 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Thanks, Laurie Lasky, for both the additional news about the memorial observance and the copy edit.
mplo June 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I wish the driver had been charged with a crime...negligent homicide. The driver of the automobile who was traveling in the opposite direction of the woman on the bicycle came up with a rather poor excuse for hitting her.

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