BREAKING: Student fleeing muggers hit by car, dies
Written by Bwog Staff
WABC TV and multiple student tipsters inform us that a grad student [not GS as previously reported] fleeing muggers at 122nd Street and Broadway was hit by a car and taken to St. Luke’s with “severe head trauma.” More on this as we get more information.
UPDATE (1:33 AM): Gothamist post reveals that the student was studying late in Butler before the incident. We now feel worse about this than we already did.
UPDATE (11:05 AM): The student, Minghui Yu, died last night at St. Luke’s Hospital. The Daily News has the story in classic tabloid form (e.g. “The guy’s body was twisted like a pretzel.”) The Spec has it here. Bwog, for sorrow, hangs its head.
Bollinger’s email after the jump
Dear Members of the Columbia Community:
I am writing to share very sad news about one of our graduate students.
Last night a PhD student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,
Minghui Yu, was struck by an automobile two blocks north of our main
campus at 122nd Street and Broadway while he was apparently fleeing an
attempted robbery on the sidewalk. The student was taken to
St. Luke’s Hospital but passed away as a result of the severe injuries
he had sustained.
An NYPD investigation is underway and is being supported by the
University’s Department of Public Safety which, last night following
university procedures, circulated an alert to student affairs deans at
all of our schools with information about possible suspects in the
As a community we mourn the loss of one of our members, and especially
of a young person with much to look forward to in a life of
promise. The University’s counseling services are available to anyone
who feels he or she could benefit from expert support in response to
this deeply sad event. Please do not hesitate to visit Counseling and
Psychological Services on the 8th floor of Lerner Hall today from 1:00
– 5:00 p.m., or call at any time 212.854.2878 if you feel such
assistance would be helpful to you.
While incidents of crime have been significantly reduced in New York
over recent decades, and the area of Morningside Heights is within one
of the safest precincts in the city, it is nevertheless imperative
that we all take reasonable precautions appropriate to life in a large
metropolitan environment. Our Department of Public Safety has worked
closely with the NYPD in safeguarding members of our University
Community and offers a range of services — including safety escorts,
evening shuttle buses and directed patrols — that help ensure
students, faculty and staff can both be, and feel, secure while
living, studying and working here. We constantly review and seek to
improve public safety operations. If you would like more information
on these services, go to: www.columbia.edu/cu/publicsafety, or call
The family of the graduate student has been notified. We will begin
plans for a memorial event on campus. For today, I know we are united
as a community in mourning the tragic loss of a young life.
Lee C. Bollinger