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By Samuel Williamson - Editor In Chief. October 12, 2017 - 6:10 pm
Student in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle in front of the Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU) Hawaii Loa campus (HLC) Sunday night.
Two 18-year-old female students were hit while in a crosswalk on Kamehameha Highway. According to a university wide email sent by HPU President John Y. Gotanda, the students were rushed to Queen’s Medical Center after the incident. Gotanda also stated one of the students was discharged from the hospital Monday morning. According to KITV, the other student is in critical condition.
In 2011, Mariah Danforth-Moore, a 19-year-old HPU student was also struck by a vehicle in the same spot. Danforth-Moore later died from her injuries. After the incident, the city installed yellow flashing lights to warn drivers of the pedestrian crosswalk.
HPU’s Director of Security and Safety, Joseph Tillotson, said the following in a released statement: “The safety of our students, faculty and staff is of the utmost importance to the University. At this time, we would like to focus on supporting our two students and their families. Our university ‘ohana is wishing these students a quick and full recovery.”