A female student was struck Monday by a car around 6:30 p.m. while crossing Wisconsin Avenue near the Alumni Memorial Union and the Olin Engineering Center. She was taken away by paramedics and was reportedly responsive after the accident.
Witnesses said the student was walking alone when she was struck at the hip by a westbound red Dodge Charger. The student proceeded to fall onto the windshield and then onto the ground, scraping her forehead and knuckles.
After the incident, the driver of the vehicle got out of the car and rushed to help her while bystanders joined and called an ambulance. Witnesses checked the victim’s pulse, and said she was breathing while still on the ground. The victim moaned and complained of shoulder pain before she was aided by paramedics.
“She was unconscious for about 15 seconds, and then she started trying to get up,” said Kristina Lazzara, a witness to the collision and a freshman in the College of Communication.
Witnesses said the driver of the car did not appear to be driving recklessly at the time of the accident. The crosswalk where the student was hit does not have any traffic lights, and the setting sun reportedly cast a glare on the street.
“It’s hard to see in the light so (the driver) probably didn’t see her,” Lazzara said.
First responders at the scene declined to comment.
Story by Natalie Wickman and Andrew Dawson