KUTZTOWN, Pa. – If you happen to handed by means of the campus of Kutztown College Wednesday night time, you could not have thought a lot about seeing a gaggle of scholars out for what seemed like a leisurely stroll at twilight. It was greater than that, although.
“This was flawed,” stated Samantha Smith, a Kutztown sophomore. “It ought to have by no means occurred within the first place. What are we going to take action it by no means occurs once more?”
What she and others within the Kutztown neighborhood hope by no means occurs once more is a pupil being struck by a automobile — an incident that occurred over the weekend.
“Ollie Hope McKeone, who’s a senior anthropology main, set to graduate subsequent month,” stated Matt Santos, vp for college relations and athletics.
College students have been strolling Wednesday night time along with her on their minds and stating hassle spots alongside the way in which.
“The straight,” stated Smith, pointing to an intersection behind her. “I used to be on the accident on Sunday. It is occurred earlier than. Years earlier than. And there is not any motive it ought to occur once more.”
Wednesday’s stroll was deliberate previous to Sunday’s incident, nevertheless it’s taking up even better significance as college students are hoping to make future walks safer.
“It is one thing that we have to deal with instantly as a result of it is unacceptable,” Smith stated.
It isn’t simply the walkways however different issues that the scholars say must be addressed.
“Undoubtedly campus lighting,” Smith stated. “It will get actually darkish on that aspect of campus.”
As for the coed who was hit by the automobile on Sunday, the college is in shut contact along with her household about her situation and a GoFundMe is within the works. The state police investigation is ongoing.
“We’re all pondering of you, and we’re writing letters,” Smith stated. “The household has requested that we write letters, so all of us simply are pondering of you.”