A 19-year-old Western Washington University student died in a scooter crash Tuesday, April 2, while on a trip to Taiwan over spring break.
Anna Rosemary Harris, who had just celebrated her 19th birthday in March, was with her younger sister visiting family friends who teach in Taiwan, said Carolyn Casey, who is acting as a spokeswoman for the family.
Harris and the family she was visiting had rented scooters on Green Island, off Taiwan's southeastern coast. Her scooter veered off the road and went down a steep ravine. Harris died in the crash, Casey said, while another person on the scooter was injured. Additional details about the crash were not available.
Harris was a graduate of Sehome High School, where her two younger sisters, Sophia and Emily, are in school. After two years at Sehome, Harris enrolled in Running Start at Whatcom Community College, where she received her associate degree and graduated with honors in spring 2012.
She started at Western last fall with the goal of becoming a physical therapist. She had received a $2,500 scholarship for her first year.
Casey's statement about the crash described Harris as "a wonderful creative writer, especially of poetry, (who) was working on several young adult novels." She also played the violin.
The family plans to have a memorial service in the coming weeks. Her parents, Timothy and Ellen Harris, have declined to speak with the media.
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