Lafayette police are investigating an accident which left a 20-year-old college student with “serious, but not life threatening” injuries after she was struck by a car while attempting to cross the street at the bottom of the eastbound Highway 24 offramp to Pleasant Hill Road Tuesday.
Sgt. Howard Shiells said the woman was struck at 11:40 a.m. by a car believed to have been traveling between 25 to 30 mph and was thrown to the ground. The unidentified victim, who was tended to by passersby until police arrived and who was later taken to John Muir Hospital for further treatment, told first responders at the scene she “remembered nothing” of the accident.
The collision – witnessed by dozens of local people who either came upon the scene or who were caught up in the resultant traffic jam after the CHP closed the Pleasant Hill Road offramp to facilitate the police investigation – triggered considerable commentary on this site’s Facebook page, with many expressing concern for the victim.
“The woman who hit her stayed by her side,” wrote Ronda Burnside. “My husband parked and ran over to assist. We also wonder how the girl is doing…”
Shiells said early indications are that the victim was in the marked crossing at the bottom of the offramp when she was struck. No determinations or finding of fault have been made and investigators are hoping to speak with the victim when her doctors allow it.