HOUSTON – The bicyclist who was killed by a Metro Light Rail train has been identified as a 20-year-old Rice University student.
Vivian Ziwei Guan was hit by the train Monday morning when she crossed the tracks at Main and Walker on her bicycle. She had just gotten off the northbound train with her bike and was struck by the southbound train, according to Metro.
Guan would have been a junior at Rice in the fall. She was architecture major.
"Vivian was very special in the way that she combined such enthusiasm and intelligence in her work and also for the energy that she brought to the school," remembered Dean of Architecture Sarah Whiting in a written statement from Rice. "We will greatly miss her."
"Vivian was one of those rare students who stood out from the rest because of her incredible intuitive talent, intellect and optimism," said Rice Professor John Casbarian. "She was an absolute joy to have in studio, always curious and so excited about every challenge ahead. It’s hard now to imagine school without her."
Guan was working as a summer intern at Ziegler Cooper Architects.
"Whenever we placed Vivian on a new assignment, she mastered it with a quick study and was always ready to take on something new," Rice alumnus and firm employee Scott Ziegler recalled. "Her enthusiasm was infectious, as was her curiosity about architecture and the world about her."
Guan was looking forward to returning home to New Zealand to be with her family before the fall semester.
The accident shut down Metro train service between the Main Street Station and the University of Houston Downtown for about three hours.
Metro says its investigation will include a full inspection of the crosswalk warning signs to make sure they were in proper working order.