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Police Identify Bicyclist Killed In Back Bay Accident

BOSTON (CBS) — Police have identified the bicyclist who was struck and killed by a truck in the Back Bay Friday morning as 38-year-old Anita Kurmann.

The Cambridge woman was hit by the rear wheel of a flatbed truck as it turned off Massachusetts Avenue onto Beacon Street around 7:05 a.m.

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Anita Kurmann (Photo credit Boston University School of Medicine)

Kurmann was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where she died a short time later.

In an email sent to his colleagues, Dr. Anthony Hollenberg said "Anita was a brilliant Endocrine surgeon. She came to BIDMC to broaden her knowledge of basic science, and she contributed to this Division and our community in immeasurable ways. She was instrumental in developing a new program in my lab on the development of thyroid follicular cells from embryonic stem cells. She was deeply passionate about science, medicine and learning.

"Above and beyond her many professional achievements, Anita was – most importantly – brilliant in life. She was dynamic and kind-hearted and the consummate friend, professional and achiever. We will miss her deeply."

Investigators say they have found the truck and the operator involved in this accident.

No charges have been brought against the driver.

Boston police continue to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Boston police at (617) 343-4470.

Anonymous tips can be made by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS, or by texting the word 'TIP' to CRIME (27463).

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