the republic logo

Worcester college student dies in motorcycle crash a day before graduation


WORCESTER, Massachusetts — A pall has been thrown over commencement exercises at Quinsigamond Community College with the death of a student in a motorcycle accident the day before he was scheduled to graduate.

Brian Tangney Jr., of Holden, was identified as the victim of the crash at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in Worcester.

A spokesman for the college said the 25-year-old Tangney was scheduled to graduate Thursday with an associate's degree in respiratory care.

Police say an off-duty officer came upon the crash.

The motorcycle hit the granite curb, a sign post, and an aluminum light pole. Tangney died at the hospital.

Dean of Students Liz Woods said in a statement that Tangney would be remembered for his professional and positive attitude on a class visit to Haiti in January.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.