Tracy Milillo, Emmanuel grad; of cycling injury

By Michaela Stanelun and Abbie Ruzicka
Globe Correspondents / September 16, 2009

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Tracy Milillo, a recent Emmanuel College graduate, died last week after sustaining serious head injuries in a bicycle accident in Brookline, police said. She was 22.

Brookline Police said Ms. Milillo, a native of Holbrook, N.Y., was riding near 30 Longwood Ave. in Coolidge Corner at 7:20 p.m. Sept. 9 when she somehow fell off her bicycle and hit her head.

Brookline police Lieutenant Philip Harrington said early reports from witnesses were that Ms. Milillo was struck by a vehicle, but that has not been confirmed.

“We are still trying to determine what made her fall and hit her head,’’ Harrington said.

He added that State Police are examining a car suspected of involvement in the incident.

Ms. Milillo was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she did not regain consciousness. She died Friday.

Ms. Milillo graduated from Sachem High School East in Farmingville, N.Y., in 2005. In May, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in English writing and literature from Emmanuel College.

Ms. Milillo was a member of the women’s volleyball team.

“She will be remembered as a vibrant and optimistic young woman whose dynamic gifts touched all those who had the pleasure of knowing her,’’ college officials said in a statement.

Ms. Milillo planned to take classes at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., this fall, to learn to teach English as a second language, said her father, Dominick Milillo Jr.

More than 70 friends came to visit her while she was in the hospital, he said.

“She obviously made a big impression on everyone she met,’’ he said.

Besides her father, Ms. Milillo leaves her mother, Barbara, and a brother, Dominick III, all of Holbrook; four uncles; and an aunt.

A funeral service will be held at 9:45 a.m. tomorrow atGood Shepherd Church in Holbrook. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram, N.Y.