Student hurt in auto accident

By Jami Peterson

An NIU student received minor injuries when he was struck by a car in front of Lincoln Hall B-Wing Thursday.

Jeremy D. Ross, 18, 1166 Grant Towers North and originally from Chicago, was treated and released from Kishwaukee Community Hospital after being transported by ambulance from the scene of the accident. He had complained of knee and back pains.

According to University Police, Ross was hit 42 feet west of the crosswalk in front of the stoplight at Lucinda Avenue and Annie Glidden Road by a red Nissan Sentra traveling west on Lucinda Avenue.

At the time of the accident, Ross was walking south across Lucinda Avenue toward the Office of Campus Recreation and apparently did not see the car.

UP Officer Curt Underwood said, “He (Ross) checked one way but not the other.”

UP received the call on the accident at 3:18 p.m. and arrived at the scene at 3:20 p.m. where an ambulance, fire truck and at least two police cars had gathered.

At that time, Ross was conscious and complaining of knee and back pain, Underwood said.

As of about 5 p.m. Thursday, Underwood said no tickets had been issued in the case “at this stage,” but had not yet interviewed everyone involved in the accident.

Underwood did interview two witnesses on the scene who said the car was traveling at a normal speed.

One witness, an NIU student, chose to remain anonymous but said she was walking on the sidewalk and heard brakes skid. “I turned around and saw a student in the center of the lane get hit. He was struck, rolled on top of the hood and fell to the ground,” she said.

She said the car was not traveling at an exceptionally fast speed.

Other witnesses refused to comment to the Star.