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Officials identify accident victim as Phyo Kyaw ‘10

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has identified MIT alumnus Phyo Kyaw ‘10 as the man killed after being struck by a truck at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Vassar Street on Tuesday evening, Dec. 27.

Kyaw, 23, received his SB in chemical-biological engineering from MIT in 2010. A native of Yangon, Myanmar, he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. Kyaw was also involved at MIT in Camp Kesem, an overnight summer camp for children with a parent who has died of cancer.

“This death, so tragic and so close to home, touches and concerns our entire community,” said MIT Chancellor Eric Grimson. “Our thoughts go out to Phyo Kyaw’s family, friends, and classmates. We share their sense of loss and grief.”

Kyaw was struck at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday by a truck turning from Massachusetts Avenue onto Vassar Street, heading toward Main Street. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police, Cambridge Police and Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from the MIT Police. The truck driver has not been charged.

Student support and mental health services are being made available to all members of the MIT community. MIT affiliates who are affected by this death are encouraged to contact Mental Health Services at 617-253-2916.

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