The family of Corinne Crawford, 26, a highly regarded classicist and teacher, donated her organs, said one of her friends, UC Berkeley student David Heaney.
"If there was anything that Corinne was, a masterful educator, she was exceedingly concerned about her students," said Heaney, whose roommate Jan Christian Claussen, 21, was with Crawford and also was injured in the Sunday accident.
Crawford graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in classics and a master's degree in linguistics from Harvard University in 2001. She earned a master's degree in Greek from UC Berkeley in 2003 and was expected to earn her Ph.D. in classics next year.
Friends said Crawford spoke German, Spanish, Italian, French, classical Latin, ancient Greek, ancient Babylonian, , Hittite, began Arabic in January and knew some Turkish from time she spent there. She also knew cuneiform, an ancient pictorial language.
She taught Latin 100 (Republican Prose) this past spring.
Crawford also taught Greek and had archeological experience.
Crawford joined the UC Berkeley cycling team in 2005 and raced in 2006 and this year after recovering from a broken arm, said teammate and friend Lauren Tompkins.
"She was a brilliant classicist, well loved and highly respected," Tompkins wrote in an e-mail.
"She just plain was" brilliant, added Crawford's father, Geoffrey.
"She was enormously kind, those were the two qualities," he said. "She cared very much about the problems girls face in our culture.
"If she was ever angry, it was about that."
She also reached the rank of red belt, one rank below black belt, in Cal's Yongmudo martial arts program.
Crawford also was a blogger and, in one post, acknowledged, "I am addicted to the Iced Lemon Curd Scones available at Peet's Coffee."
Crawford and Claussen, a UC exchange student from Norway, were stopped in a crosswalk at Newell Avenue and Olympic Boulevard in Walnut Creek on Sunday afternoon, waiting for a traffic signal to turn green, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The two had been to the summit of Mount Diablo and had ridden about 60 miles that day. Both were wearing helmets.
A 74-year-old man lost control of a 2002 Cadillac while driving eastbound on Olympic Boulevard at 35 mph. Crawford was the closest to the Cadillac. Claussen suffered a less-severe head injury.
The CHP investigation is continuing.
Besides her father and her mother, Leslie, both of Burlington, Vt., Crawford is survived by siblings Nicholas, Jocelyn, Tobias and Elliott.
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UC Berkeley cyclists, teammates of doctoral candidate Corinne Crawford, plan to ride to the site of the accident at Newell Avenue and Olympic Boulevard in Walnut Creek at noon on Saturday. To view tributes, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/corinnecrawford.