Student remains in critical condition after OPD accident
Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 03:10
A Miami University male student is in intensive care after being struck by an Oxford Police Department (OPD) cruiser. Around 12:53 a.m. Saturday, 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.
Initially, there was 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 had surgery and is in critical condition in the Miami Valley Hospital.
A member of the Miami University Office of Student Affairs visited with the student and his family on Saturday, according to Wagner. Susan Mosley-Howard, dean of students, planned to visit on Sunday, Wagner said.
“We value all our students and we are all concerned for his health,” Wagner said.
This is an update of information initially published Saturday on www.miamistudent.net.