Masood Amin, associate professor in engineering, had barely got off of the UVU shuttle Wednesday afternoon when he walked onto the scene of a auto-pedestrian accident at the crosswalk north of the Testing Center.
“I saw white car, a Honda, and a girl was laying there in the middle of the road on the asphalt,” Amin said of the scene. “It looked like she had severe head wounds, she was unconscious. The driver was disoriented. The other witnesses there had already called police.”
The Orem Department of Public Safety confirmed a call came in on Dec. 5 at 3:22 p.m. for a vehicle versus pedestrian accident near 800 South College Drive. The pedestrian was transported to a nearby hospital after sustaining injuries. Orem City Police obtained photos of the scene and a DI-9 accident report was taken.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, said Chris Taylor, UVU spokesperson, who also confirmed the driver was a UVU employee.
“One of the worst things that can happen on campus is to have one of our students injured, especially seriously,” said Taylor.
A family member reported Friday morning the victim is stable and is talking. She sustained a crushed pelvic bone, a broken knee cap and a broken leg, according to the family member. Names of the victim and the driver have yet to be released.
According to Amin, who did not witness the actual accident, the victim was a Caucasian female student. Amin was on his way to the Testing Center to pick up tests for one of his classes at approximately 3:15 p.m.
“I think a lot of us take the crosswalk and we assume people are going to stop,” said Amin. “This event just told me some [drivers] are not watching. I’ve seen a lot of people not even bother.”