By Diana Samuels
Daily News Staff Writer
Posted: 02/25/2010 07:26:20 PM PST
Updated: 02/26/2010 12:50:42 AM PST
A public memorial service for Yichao Wang, the 25-year-old Chinese scholar who died Feb. 19 from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident at Stanford, is scheduled for Saturday.
The service will be held at Spangler Mortuaries, 799 Castro St. in Mountain View, from 11 a.m. to noon. Wang's father as well as professors who knew Wang at Stanford and his school in Singapore are among those who plan to speak, friends said.
Wang was a doctorate student originally from Harbin, China. He was studying civil and environmental engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and was at Stanford for the winter quarter through a partnership program between the universities.
Wang was biking home from a campus laboratory at about 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 when he apparently failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Palm Drive and Museum Way. He was hit by a 79-year-old San Jose man driving a Honda Civic, according to the California Highway Patrol, and died of his injuries two weeks later.
Wang was an only child, and his parents flew from China to be at his hospital bedside. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a young wife of two years who is also a student in Singapore.
"He was the center of the family, pride and joy of his aged, ill parents, happiness of his wife, a smart young man with a bright future ahead," volunteer Dan Cao told the Bay Area News Group earlier this week.
The Chinese Mutual Aid International
February 28, 2010 12:00 AM
Monday, February 22nd, 2010 | By Elizabeth Titus
Yichao Wang, a Chinese graduate student who struck a car while bicycling at a Palm Drive intersection Feb. 3 and suffered major head trauma, died Friday. He was 25.
Wang, one of only a handful of bike accident victims to suffer serious head injuries in some 200 accidents reported to Stanford police since 2005, was a Ph.D. student visiting the civil and environmental engineering (CEE) department from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was biking home from the lab on Feb. 3 at about 9:30p.m. when, at the intersection of Palm Drive and Museum Way, he collided with a car.
“He stayed late in the lab every day,” said Sujie Qin, a Chinese post-doctoral researcher in the same program as Wang, the Singapore-Stanford Partnership. “Everyone who knew him in the department loved him.”
Wang was taken to Stanford Hospital after the accident, where he remained in a coma until Friday.
He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
Wang’s parents arrived at Stanford last week from Harbin, China; his wife came from Singapore, where she is reportedly a student. They remain in the area, said acquaintance Dan Cao, facing steep medical bills and a funeral to organize before returning home. The CEE department is providing for their lodging.
According to Cao, a postdoctoral student in pediatrics and genetics, word of Wang’s accident spread on the online Chinese Mutual Aid International Network; she heard about his case through an online forum and “just walked into hospital, found the person and the family and offered my help” translating for his parents and wife and talking to reporters.
The network’s Web site Sunday night showed that Wang’s family had received about $41,000 in donations from dozens of Chinese donors.
“His family is now in an extremely difficult financial situation because his parents are both retired and receive only a few hundred US dollars a month from their pensions,” said a statement on the Web site. “Yi-Chao’s insurance benefits were exhausted by the surgery, and cost of hospitalization has been a huge burden on Yi-Chao’s family.”
The donors’ comments page on the network’s Web site was filled with blessings and subdued wishes for a happy new year.
Dao said there will be a public funeral for Wang, tentatively on Saturday, before his family returns to China. They are searching for a suitable Buddhist venue, she said.
Meanwhile, the California Highway Patrol has concluded its investigation of the accident, said spokesman Art Montiel on Sunday.
Wang was biking east on Museum Way on Feb. 3 at about 9:30p.m., Montiel said. According to the Stanford News Service, Wang was headed from his lab to his Palo Alto home. It is unclear whether he had a bike light.
In the Palm Drive intersection, Wang failed to yield to a Honda Civic, Montiel said. At 20 miles per hour, the Civic was driven by a 79-year-old San Jose man.
Wang was thrown off his bike, onto the hood of the car and then to the roadway, where he was found 128 feet north of where he first collided with the car. Without a helmet, he suffered major head trauma and was taken to Stanford Hospital, Montiel said.
In a University statement, Stanford police chief Laura Wilson called the accident “tragic.”
“We hope [it] will serve to alert members of our campus community to the importance of wearing bicycle helmets, and the need to be vigilant about safety at all times, whether you are a bicyclist or driving a vehicle,” Wilson said.
The University pointed to bike safety efforts that it undertakes annually, including safety road shows in dorms, bike light giveaways and training courses offered through its Parking and Transportation department.
Wang was studying the absorption of pharmaceutical residues in wastewater treatment processes, according to the University. He arrived at Stanford in December.“During the time we worked together, he was a really, really nice person and worked really hard,” Qin said. “It’s hard to accept the truth, but I think people are still trying to balance the work and the
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Two weeks after being struck by a car at Stanford University, 26-year-old Chinese scholar Yichao Wang died Friday, leaving behind a grieving family with huge medical bills.
A network of community members are organizing to help his young Chinese wife and ill parents, who have few resources but rushed to California to be by his side.
Wang, a visiting Ph.D student born in the northeast Chinese city of Harbin, was bicycling home on Feb. 3 to his Palo Alto apartment after a late night working at a civil and environmental engineering lab.
He was hit at the intersection of Palm Drive and Museum Way, in Stanford's first fatal bicycle accident in more than two decades. The California Highway Patrol has not released findings from its investigation.
Wang's aging parents are devastated by the death of their only child, acquaintances said. His father, retired from Harbin Institute of Technology, is battling cancer and heart disease. Neither parent speaks English and they have but meager savings. China's one-child law meant that all of their hopes were pinned on their bright son. His wife of three years, also 26, is a student in Singapore.
"He was the center of the family, pride and joy of his aged, ill parents, happiness of his wife, a smart young man with a bright future ahead," said volunteer Dan Cao. Over $1 million has been spent so far for his care at Stanford Hospital. Wang purchased a $300,000 health insurance policy with United HealthCare but the bills surpassed the limit. China does not insure citizens once they've left the country without a job there.
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During his hospital stay, volunteers from Stanford's Chinese Student Association helped the family. Housing for his family was provided by Stanford's civil and environmental engineering department.
"Everyone at the university is deeply saddened by the devastating outcome of the accident for Yichao Wang and his family," said Stanford spokeswoman Lisa Lapin.
Over the past four years, an average of 49 bike accidents a year have been reported to Stanford police, according to Lapin. Of accidents involving head injuries, all were from solo accidents.
Wang's expertise was in the field of membrane technologies to clean waste water, an important approach for contaminant-free recycling. He came to Stanford from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University for a four-month exchange program.
"He was a really nice person. He always smiled. He said hello to every person," said Susie Qin, who worked in his lab. "He worked very very hard. He stayed late in the lab every night. Everybody I know really loves him."
Stanford Report, February 19, 2010
BY LISA LAPIN
Editor's note: Yichao Wang did not survive his traumatic injuries and died on Friday afternoon, Feb. 19. His family is making preparations to return with him to China, and is still in need of support for their journey and expenses from the tragic episode.
Campus and community groups have joined efforts to raise funds for medical care and family expenses for Yichao Wang, a visiting graduate researcher who suffered critical brain injuries and remains in a coma after a bike crash on campus Feb. 3.
Wang, a Ph.D. student at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, had been attending Stanford for the winter quarter through the Singapore-Stanford Partnership, a research and teaching program between Nanyang and Stanford's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He was studying how membranes can absorb pharmaceutical residues in the wastewater treatment process.
Wang had just left his campus laboratory for his downtown Palo Alto residence at about 9:30 p.m. when his bicycle collided with a car at Palm Drive and Museum Way. The California Highway Patrol has been investigating the incident.
Wang's parents have been holding a vigil by their son's side at the Stanford Hospital for the past week, after arriving from Wang's hometown of Harbin in far northern China. His wife of two years, Gao, a fellow student in Singapore, is also with him.
"His parents are very, very sad. They keep preferring to wish a miracle will happen in the future," said Sujie Qin, a post-doctoral researcher in Wang's lab who, along with many of her colleagues, has been serving as a translator and liaison for the family.
"They put every hope on their son," Qin said of the parents, whose only child is Yichao. "They are wishing that Yichao will wake up. They want to transfer him back to China and take care of him there, but that's not possible right now."
Qin said Yichao "really valued the chance to study at Stanford and worked very hard. He stayed late in the lab every day, doing experiments. He is a very nice person, one of those people who always smiles."
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford Hospital and the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Stanford University have been working to assist the visiting family members. The groups are supporting a fundraising drive for the Wangs, who have a very limited income to cover travel and medical expenses. Funds are being raised through the Chinese Mutual Aid International Network, and donations can be made via PayPal by designating the gift to the Yichao Wang family at email@example.com. More information is available at www.cmain.org.
"This is a very tragic circumstance that we hope will serve to alert members of our campus community to the importance of wearing bicycle helmets, and the need to be vigilant about safety at all times, whether you are a bicyclist or driving a vehicle," said Stanford Police Chief Laura Wilson.
The university has long made bicycle safety education a high priority and is recognized as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. The campus actively promotes bicycle safety with programs throughout the year, including bike safety road shows in student dorms, and by offering bike lights, helmets, reflectors and other safety gear to students and employees for free or at significant discounts.
The Stanford Department of Public Safety and Parking and Transportation Services have established a bike safety course for bicyclists who receive citations, as well as interested members of the community who can take the course for free. More information about bicycle safety at Stanford can be found at http://transportation.stanford.edu/bike.
An average of 49 bicycle accidents have been serious enough to be reported to the Department of Public Safety at Stanford each year for the past four years, though very few have resulted in serious traumatic injuries or head injuries.
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