Hoosac Valley 2012 valedictorian dies after being struck by Rhode Island driver

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The 2012 valedictorian for Hoosac Valley High School has died after being struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle in Rhode Island.

Mary Wilk, 22, was riding along a breakdown lane on Route 1 in South Kingstown on July 26 when she was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Claire Archambault, 88, of South Kingstown.

Wilk, who suffered serious injuries, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where she died on Saturday.

Police said no charges have been filed against the driver.

Wilk graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor's degree in May. She was employed as a research assistant at Miriam Hospital in Providence R.I.

She planned to lead bicycle trips this summer and posted on a "Teen Treks" blog that she was excited about the opportunity to lead youth cycling tours.

"There is nothing better than getting to the top of a really big hill to see what you accomplished," she wrote in a May post.

She developed a love of kayaking and a "Paddle Out for Mary" life celebration event was slated for Monday at Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vt. A "Live Like Mary" Facebook page has been set up for friends and family to share memories, photographs and thoughts.

While in high school, Wilk was elected class president and also served on the Student Council. She participated in Nordic and cross-country skiing, track, basketball and soccer.

Wilk's immediate family include her parents, Joseph and Nancy Wilk, of Cheshire and brother Andrew.


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