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Saint Mary’s sophomore passes away

Observer Staff Report | Friday, October 19, 2012

Ziqi Zhang, a sophomore at Saint Mary’s, passed away Thursday night from injuries sustained in a car-bicycle accident outside the entrance to Saint Mary’s at State Route 933. Zhang was 19.

A resident of Regina Hall, Zhang was a dual-degree student majoring in mathematics at Saint Mary’s and taking engineering classes at Notre Dame. She was a resident of Jiangsu Province in China.

College President Carol Ann Mooney expressed her sympathy Friday in a statement.

“On behalf of the entire Saint Mary’s community, I want to express our shock and deep sorrow at the passing of Ziqi Zhang,” Mooney said. “We offer heartfelt condolences to her parents and sister and our prayers are with them. Death is never easy, especially when it is a young person with so much promise.”

According to a release from the St. Joseph County Police Department, the accident occurred just before 9 p.m. Thursday. The driver, identified in the report as 34-year-old Erin Zick of Edwardsburg, Mich., told police she had a green light at the time of the accident. The report stated witnesses confirmed Zick’s account and that there is no evidence drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

A memorial service for Zhang is planned for Tuesday.