Very bad news here at Andong National University. All of us foreign teachers lost a good friend last night when Rick Carrier was killed in a motorcycle accident in Cheongju, about 3 hours from here. Rick was a teacher at ANU for several years before moving on to Cheongju in February this year. He was a friend to all. He is survived by his wife, Kay, and our deepest condolences go out to her.

This underscores the extremely high rate of traffic fatalities in Korea, one of the highest rates in the world (see here and here, among other sources). [EDIT: 10/26/2013–The death rate seems to have gone down drastically, according to this site.] I was seriously considering buying a used motorcycle, but Rick’s death will definitely cause me to rethink any purchase plans.