A young black male was struck by a car this afternoon in a bloody accident that led a trail of gore back to the Valley College campus.
By Solomon Smith, Managing Editor
At about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, a African American man with a backpack was struck by a white Kia on Fulton in front of Valley College.
Witnesses say that the victim, who remains unidentified, was weaving through traffic near the Valley roundabout entrance on Fulton Avenue and Hatteras Street.
“The light had just turned green and all the traffic was coming this way,” said Summer Schuskey, a Valley student who saw the accident. “He was running across the street, jay walking, and the woman didn’t see him because he was like, behind a school bus weaving between cars.”
“She hit him and he like, fell on the floor and his arm snapped in half,” said Adrianna Figueroa, who also witnessed the event. “I saw his arm break and gushing out blood.”
After being struck, the victim rolled over the car hood and fell to the ground but immediately got back to his feet and started running. At this point, another witness in a blue shirt, Raelynn Shleppey, was seen running to the victim to offer help.
“We had heard an impact that sounded like a car hitting a car, one of my friends said, ‘no it’s a guy,’” said Shleppey. “I dropped all my stuff and ran to the street. I met him at the sidewalk, you could see him dripping [blood] on the sidewalk all the way to the admin building.”
Schleppey had sent a text just before the accident at about 12:50 p.m. She is a coach from Tiara Del Soul, a program for intellectually challenged students, and was on campus with one of her students.
A bloody trail marks the path from the car to the Administration building. Once inside the Admin building, the victim shed his shoes and backpack before collapsing on the floor in front of the water fountains. Scleppey ran to the Health Building to find assistance, but by the time she had returned the paramedics were already on site. The young man has been taken to the hospital for further treatment.
The driver of the car remained on the scene after calling the paramedics, but was visibly shaken. When asked for a comment, she simply shook her head. The driver spoke very little English and an interpreter from the crowd was called to help with questioning. The driver remains unidentified.
Valley sent out an email shortly after letting students know this was an “isolated incident and there is no active threat to the campus.”
This story will be updated as more details follow.