MIT: Cyclist hit and killed in Boston was visiting scientist from Japan


BOSTON ( – A cyclist was hit and killed Sunday afternoon near a notoriously dangerous Boston intersection.

The incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Beacon Street and Charlesgate West in the Back Bay.
MIT officials have identified the biker as 36-year-old Kanako Miura, a visiting scientist from Japan who was working for the college's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Miura was pronounced dead on the scene.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif expressed condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
Boston police said the driver of the vehicle that struck Miura was talking to detectives and cooperating with the investigation.
Neighbors told FOX 25 they have been worried about the intersection for some time.
This incident comes just four days after Mayor Thomas M. Menino released data and information vowing to make Boston's streets safer for bikes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.