A Montclair State University student suffered head trauma and was taken to the hospital after being struck by a car on Clove Road last night, the University Police Department confirmed this morning.
Students near the scene of the accident reported hearing the 19-year-old student’s screams of pain as she lay in the street near the Hawk Crossings residence hall, receiving medical treatment from first responders and EMS before being taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson. Lt. Kieran Barrett, spokesperson for campus police, said that she was conscious and “alert” when taken from the scene.
Entertainment Editor for The Montclarion, Awije Bahrami, was one of the students nearby when the incident happened. Bahrami said she could see the student lying on the ground from her shuttle bus and that, after she left the shuttle to walk back to her residence hall, she saw a police officer approach the victim to try talking to her. At this point, the student began to move and scream.
“I could still hear her scream when I got to the parking lot by The Village,’ Bahrami said, who felt terrible for the student injured. “It was one of the most terrifying experiences. I was covering my ears. Her piercing cry was unbearable.”
The University Police Department first received a report of the accident at 9:16 p.m. on Dec. 14. They were the first responders on the scene and provided medical treatment to the student before EMS took over.
The Montclarion was not able to get any details about the nature of the accident or who the driver was, but Barrett confirmed that the driver was present at the scene when the police arrived.
This is the second time that a pedestrian has been struck near the vicinity of the Montclair State campus this semester, the first time being the hit-and-run case which left student Anna Semioli in a coma. The driver who hit Semioli turned himself in to the police just over a week after the incident occurred and the case surrounding that accident is now moving through the court system. Semioli’s medical condition has not improved and the mysteries surrounding her case have not yet been solved.