Mankato student dies after being hit by a car, another injured
A Minnesota State University student died and another was injured after both were hit by a car early Sunday while walking home from a sorority event in Mankato, reports the Star Tribune and WCCO.
The women's names have not been released, and neither has the name of the 17-year-old driver who hit them on 3rd Avenue near Kingswood Drive. The women were both in their early 20s and were upperclassmen at MSU.
Apparently one had been lying in the street and the other was helping her up when they were struck at 12:47 a.m. Both were rushed to Immanuel St. Joseph Hospital in Mankato where one was pronounced dead and the other underwent surgery. Police said this happened on streets in an industrial area, not near any sorority residences.
"Our deepest, heartfelt sympathies go out to loved ones, fellow students, friends and acquaintances," said MSUM president Richard Davenport, "and we extend our wishes for a speedy, complete recovery to the injured student. The campus community is tremendously saddened by this tragic event."
Grief counseling has been set up at the university and a memorial is being planned. This is the second death of a student caused by a vehicle this school year. Catherine Delwiche, a freshman cross-country runner, was struck and killed last month.