Image from Facebook. Joyce Shi.

ITHACA, N.Y. — A Cornell University student was killed Tuesday in a car crash in New Jersey.

Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life at Cornell University, informed the community in a statement Wednesday that 20-year-old Peiran “Joyce” Shi died from injuries sustained in a car crash late Tuesday.

Two other Cornell students were also involved in the accident and have been treated for their injuries and released from the hospital.

According to a news report from, the accident occurred on Interstate 80, a few miles from New Jersey’s border with Pennsylvania. Shi was a rear passenger in a Mercedez Benz that collided with a Mitsubishi around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated, according to police. It is not known which driver was at fault.

Shi, who was originally from Shenzhen, China, was a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences. She planned to major in physics and pursued many academic and extracurricular interests in foreign languages, electronic circuits and karate, Lombardi said.

“As we struggle with this loss, I encourage you to reach out to others for support and to use the support services listed below. On behalf of the university community, I extend our deepest condolences to Joyce’s family and friends. Please keep them in your thoughts as we mourn this tremendous loss to the Cornell community,” Lombardi said.

Image from Joyce Shi’s Facebook.

Kelsey O'Connor

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