Christopher Weigl was ready to submit his final project of the semester Wednesday for a multimedia class at Boston University when a technical glitch stole all his editing work.
It was the kind of thing that makes the average first-year graduate student crumble. Not Weigl.
He stayed up late Wednesday, finished the project, and sent it electronically to his professor, whose class he was scheduled to attend at 9 a.m. Thursday, said Peter Southwick, director of photojournalism at BU’s College of Communication.
Weigl never made that class. The 23-year-old photojournalism grad student was killed on Commonwealth Avenue at 8:36 a.m. Thursday after his bicycle collided with a tractor-trailer turning onto St. Paul Street. The crash, which shut down the 900 block of Commonwealth Avenue through the afternoon, is being investigated by Boston police. No charges or citations have been issued.
Weigl was the fifth bicyclist killed in a crash in Boston this year, an issue addressed at a previously scheduled City Council meeting on bicycle safety just hours after the latest fatality. Councilors observed a moment of silence for Weigl at the start of the meeting.
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