Students who died in crash on Aurora were from four different countries

Friday, September 25, 2015

Four North Seattle College international students were tragically killed yesterday, September 24, in a multi-vehicle accident on Aurora Bridge.  

The students, who would have begun their first quarter at North Seattle College on the start of classes on Monday, September 28, represented four countries: Austria, China, Indonesia and Japan.

The names of the deceased are:
  • Runjie Song, a 17-year-old female from China
  • Claudia Derschmidt, a 49-year-old female from Austria
  • Privando Putradanto, an 18-year-old male from Indonesia
  • Mami Sato, a 36-year-old female from Japan
North Seattle College's immediate priority at this time is to ensure the families of the deceased students have the support they need during this terrible tragedy.

College staff is working with City of Seattle officials to coordinate and communicate accommodations, travel arrangements and support for the families who lost loved ones.  

For students and families who were directly involved in this tragedy, a private, on-campus support center has been established that includes grief counselors, faith-based professionals, multilingual staff and city services. 

North Seattle College extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased students, as well as to the students and employee who sustained injuries.


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