A picture of Kimberly Yeong Sil Hull also known as Audrey, a senior in the College of Liberal Arts, was wrapped around some flowers as a memorial on the corner of 4th St. and 15th Ave SE in Dinkytown. Hull, 25, collided with a truck while riding her bike and died at the scene.

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In seconds, a life coming into bloom was lost

  • Article by: JIM ADAMS
  • Star Tribune
  • April 24, 2011 - 8:02 AM

Everything was going her way as Kimberly Yeong Sil Hull, known to her family and friends as Audrey, biked to her part-time job at the University of Minnesota's Rarig Center Thursday morning.

A video she had created had just won first place in a university film contest, she was about to graduate with a double major and she had a new boyfriend she really liked.

Suddenly, a dump truck that had been cruising beside her on 15th Avenue SE. turned right onto SE. 4th Street, knocking her onto the crosswalk and crushing her chest. She died at the scene.

It was one of the rare times Audrey wasn't wearing her bike helmet, though even if she had been, it wouldn't have saved her life, her mother, Suzi Henrichs, said Saturday from Hull's parents' St. Paul home.

Hull was frugal, generous and very creative, her parents said. "She could go into a used clothing store, spend almost nothing and come out with a smashing outfit," said Dr. Harry Hull, her father, a former state epidemiologist.

She loved reading, recycling and cats, opposed commercialism and had a flair for designing her own outfits. "She had a look of her own," Henrichs said. "I will miss her fun and sense of humor."

Hull said his daughter, adopted from Korea at five months, already had a college degree in Asian studies and government. She was to graduate from the university in May with majors in communication and Japanese.

She attended an international school, with students of many ethnicities, for about 10 years when the family was living in Geneva, Switzerland, her parents said. Audrey came to value people for who they are, "not where they were born or what race they are," Hull said.

The family moved to St. Paul in 2000. Hull graduated from Highland Park High School.

After earning a degree from Lawrence College in Appleton, Wis., she worked and traveled in Europe and taught English in Japan for a year before returning to enroll at the University of Minnesota.

On Tuesday, the day she would have turned 26, memorial services will be held at the Rarig Center at the University of Minnesota. The service will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Thrust Theater in the center, 330 21st Av. S., Minneapolis.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Jonathan, and a sister, Michaela.

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