December 7, 2007 | New York City College of Technology
The College community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Christopher Karan, an 18-year-old first semester student in the baccalaureate program in Computer Systems. He lost his life yesterday in a horrible automobile accident on the Van Wyck Expressway that left one other young man dead and three in critical condition.
Christopher was a June graduate from John Adams High School, in Ozone Park. His academic record shows that he was a student of great promise.
Professor Amanda Freeman (English department) says of him, “Christopher was a hard-working student and a caring person. He was well-liked by his classmates because of his easy-going demeanor and willingness to help others, and joke around, when needed. During a class debate on immigration, Chris stepped up and presented one of the speeches, helping his team to “win,” in spite of his nervousness. I remember feeling very proud of him for that.
“As a writer and a student, he often came up with original and interesting essay ideas, and had the determination to carry them through. It was clear he wanted to do well. Our English 101 class as well as the City Tech community as a whole has clearly suffered a great loss, and I wish to convey to his family and friends that we all have felt blessed and lucky to have known Chris in the small, big and varied ways one does in a college community.”
We all mourn the loss of this young man taken from us far too soon. Our hearts go out to his friends and family.