A West Virginia University student was struck by a 2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck just the other day in Morgantown which has prompted officials to dig deeper into why this is the second pedestrian accident that has occurred on this campus. According to The Exponent Telegram, Sara Queen, 20, was crossing the road at Monongahela Boulevard at the Evansdale Crossing around 10:38 a.m. when the driver of the truck hit her.
Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston reported that the intersection where Queen crossed is controlled by traffic lights and that she was in the crosswalk at the time of the collision. Immediately after Queen was hit, bystanders rushed over in an effort to render aid to the young woman and eventually she was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital. She underwent emergency surgery, however, she remained in critical condition following the procedure. Although no charges have been filed just yet, that doesn’t mean the driver is free from guilt. But, until traffic reconstructionists and investigators conclude their investigation and determine why this accident happened, the truck driver remains innocent.
Unfortunately, the other WVU student who was struck wasn’t as lucky as Queen.
The source also reported that 21-year-old Leah Berhanu was hit by a Ford Explorer while crossing the street prior to Queen’s accident and was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital as well. Sadly, despite all the efforts made to save her, she wasn’t able to pull through. Students attended a candle vigil on her behalf shortly after her passing.Sadly, the other WVU student who was hit by a vehicle didn’t survive the accident due to the severe injuries she suffered from.
Now that two WVU students have been hit by vehicles during the month of February alone, the university plans to conduct an analysis of the crosswalks on its campus and determine what can be done to increase safety measures at these crosswalks. WVU’s Student Government Association president also spoke up and said that now is the time for something to be done. He stated, “It’s no longer a want; it’s a necessity.” The president also said, “We can’t have this happening in Morgantown.”
Although more may need to be done to ensure the safety of students is not jeopardized when crossing the roadway at or near WVU, Police Chief Bob Roberts is urging “drivers and pedestrians alike to exercise caution on roadways.” The roadway is a dangerous place and everyone needs to be playing their part to keep it safe. While car and truck drivers need to be cognizant of the fact that pedestrians might be crossing the street, pedestrians also need to assure that they are crossing at the appropriate time and that the motorist sees them before proceeding to get across.
It’s terrible when accidents such as the ones described above occur but it’s important for victims to know what their rights are and the help that is available to them following the incident. For instance, many truck accident victims are entitled to compensation for things like pain and suffering as well as lost wages. The best way to recover this, however, is with the help that a WV truck accident lawyer can provide.
If you or someone you know was recently involved in a truck collision and would like to see what types of compensation your accident qualifies you to receive, contact USAttorneys.com now and get connected with a truck crash lawyer in West Virginia.