Published: October 30, 2015
Updated: December 4, 2015
A University student was hit by a car on Mulberry Street Wednesday just after 5 p.m.
According to the Scranton Police Department, junior Meghan Rose, 20, of Falls Township was crossing the street between the DeNaples Center and Pilarz and Montrone halls when Jonathan Christiano, 19, of Dunmore, driving a 2000 red Ford Mustang, struck her in the crosswalk.
Police were dispatched to the scene at approximately 5:06 p.m to the 900 block of Mulberry. Police stopped traffic until close to 6 p.m. Several witnesses said they saw Rose go over the hood and roof of the car before rolling off to the side, according to the police report.
According to police, Rose sustained non life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Geisinger Community Medical Center. CMC refused to provide Rose’s medical condition.
Charges have not been brought against Christiano.
Two witnesses, Andrew Miller and Victor Dec, told police Christiano was not driving fast. Dec told police he suspected Christiano was driving at approximately 20 mph. Christiano told police he looked down to turn down his music, and when he looked up, Rose was standing in front of the car. He said he did not have time to brake.
Several students witnessed the accident and observed the aftermath.
“I walked out of my apartment in Pilarz (and) I heard a girl screaming, ‘my leg, my leg,’” senior Megan McCabe said. “There were cars pulled over and a group of people surrounding a girl lying on the ground.”
Two sophomores, Veronika Mazur and Marissa DiBella, were walking out of the fitness center below Pilarz Hall when they said they saw the red car approaching the crosswalk heading east on Mulberry Street toward Quincy Avenue.
“I heard a guy screaming to us. You could tell his car was going fast,” Mazur said, speaking of Christiano. “All of a sudden, she takes one step and literally she is on top of the hood of the car and flips over. You hear her head hit the ground and all you hear is a blood-curdling scream. The car came out of nowhere, it was really fast.”
Police could not confirm Mazur and DiBella’s observations or Rose’s medical condition, however, several students saw her hit her head and injure her leg.
This is not the first incident like this. In the fall of 2014 a non-student riding a bike was hit by a car on Mulberry Street, and earlier that year in April, a University student was struck in the same crosswalk. The issue of safety crossing this busy street has been on the minds of students.
“Students are too lenient about crossing,” junior Chris Olsen said. “Stuff like this happens and it’s really sad. It depends on the situation. There is a certain responsibility and both (vehicles and pedestrians) need to make changes.”
Sophomore Bridget Fasciani said drivers need to be accountable.
“I drive a lot and it’s definitely hard to navigate,” Fasciani said. “Cars need to be more aware. I’m much more cautious when driving around here because I know the situation — it’s a college campus — and other (drivers) don’t.”
Multiple attempts to reach out to friends of Rose at the scene and immediately afterward were unsuccessful.
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