Miami University student in ICU after being struck by OPD cruiser
Published: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Updated: Saturday, October 6, 2012 17:10
A Miami University male student is in intensive care after being struck by an Oxford Police Department (OPD) cruiser. Around 12:53 this morning, an OPD cruiser struck a male Miami University student at the corner of Spring Street and College Avenue, according to OPD.
OPD Sgt. Robinson was traveling eastbound on Spring Street when the victim and his cousin walked into the crosswalk, according to Sgt. Wickman of the Hamilton post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The traffic light was green and the streets were wet due to heavy rain.
“His cousin saw the green light and seconds later he saw the headlights,” Wickman said. “He stopped, but before he could warn his cousin, his cousin took two more steps and got hit.”
According to the only official press release from OPD, the Oxford Life Squad transported the student to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. After evaluation, he was transferred via CareFlight Air and Mobile Services to Miami Valley Hospital.
There is conflicting information regarding the incident. A report on Cincinnati.com said the student had died. According to Claire Wagner, associate director of Miami University communications, the student is not dead. He has had surgery and is in the Intensive Care Unit of the Miami Valley Hospital.
A dispatcher with OPD confirmed that the information reported in The Cincinnati Enquirer was not the information OPD had released.
A member of the Miami University Office of Student Affairs is currently with the student and his family, according to Wagner. Tomorrow, Susan Mosley-Howard, dean of students, will visit the student and family, Wagner said.
“We value all our students and we are all concerned for his health,” Wagner said.