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Medical student dies after motorcycle accident in Maryland

Navdeep Kang was a fourth-year medical student. Photo courtesy of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Navdeep Kang was a fourth-year medical student. Photo courtesy of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Updated: Aug. 28, 2014 at 10:32 p.m.

Fourth-year medical student Navdeep Kang died after he was struck by a car while riding a motorcycle in Maryland, the University announced Thursday. He was 25 years old.

Kang and the driver of a BMW SUV were going in opposite directions on a road in Potomac, Md. when the SUV tried to turn left, crashing into Kang. Witnesses stopped and gave Kang first aid on the scene, according to a statement from the Montgomery County Police Department.

Kang was pronounced dead Wednesday at Suburban Hospital. The driver of the SUV, 46-year-old Ritula Mehndiratta, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Montgomery County Police Department is investigating the incident, which occurred at about 3:53 p.m.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean Jeffrey Akman wrote in a letter to the medical school community that he had spoken with Kang’s parents in Pittsburgh.

“Nav was a wonderfully caring, engaging person, an incredibly bright light in our school, whose absence will leave a tremendous hole in our community,” Akman wrote.

The school invited students, faculty and staff to gather on the seventh floor of Ross Hall at 4 p.m. Thursday to remember Kang.

This post was updated to reflect the following corrections:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported the name of GW’s medical school. It is the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, not Health Services. The Hatchet also incorrectly spelled the last name of the school’s dean. It is Akman, not Ackman. We regret these errors.

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