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Student Struck By Campus Police Car, Hospitalized

Student pedestrian is listed in fair condition.

A Stony Brook University student was sent to the hospital after being hit by a university police car en route to a 911 call Thursday night, campus officials confirmed on Friday morning.

Robert J. Lenahan, chief of police and assistant vice president for campus safety at SBU, said in a statement that shortly after 10 p.m., eyewitnesses reported that a campus police officer was driving on Circle Road, west of Engineering Drive, with its emergency lights activated when the officer struck a sidewalk and veered in the opposite direction, causing the vehicle to hit the student.

The vehicle careened down an embankment, according to eyewitnesses, and the student was lodged underneath the vehicle after it came to a rest.

According to Lenehan, both the student and the officer were hospitalized; the officer was treated for minor injuries and released, while the student was listed in fair condition.

The Stony Brook Press reported on Thursday night that the officer was responding to a call about a large gathering on the north side of the Stony Brook Union when the accident occurred.

An investigation into the incident remains ongoing by University Police, who did not release the names of the individuals involved.

Vilhelm February 08, 2013 at 07:35 PM
I'm sure the university police will do an unbiased investigation of itself. And if you believe that I've got a bridge for sale in Brookyn...
aretha February 09, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Unbelievable, another cop runs over a student or innocent person! They should get the cop's blood alcohol/drug level , I'm sure he was driving reckless and will not be charged. Meanwhile the student will suffer for some time to come.
gl thomas February 09, 2013 at 12:54 AM
You can sue in the 'court of claims" a special court where the attorney general acts as the state's defender. There is no jury--only a state judge who decides in a written opinion several months later. If the police officer had his lights on and was responding to a legitimate call--which id just about anything the Judge probably wont give any excessive awards.
raquel February 09, 2013 at 01:42 AM
so lets get this straight.... "hit by a university police car en route to a 911 call " = "responding to a call about a large gathering on the north side of the Stony Brook Union". Didnt know a large crowd was a 911 emergency...
JuJu Bee February 13, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Unfortunately, once upon a time a large gathering was justa party. Today it is potential for physical violence and distruction of property. So unfortunately due to society today it is an emergency!!

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