Lawrence University student released from hospital after hit-and-run

Intersection of E. College and N. Lawe Monday, October 8, 2018. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

APPLETON, Wis. (WLUK) -- Lawrence University officials in Appleton say the student who was hit by a car Friday night has now been released from the hospital.

Appleton police are now sharing surveillance video, hoping it will help find the driver.

The video shows a woman crossing the intersection of E. College Avenue and N. Lawe Street. She's then hit by a driver who briefly pulls over but then drives away. The woman is seen lying in the road. A number of vehicles pass her before someone stopped to help.


"She required hospitalization and treatment for those injuries. We believe it’s a silver/gray Jaguar S-series that we're looking for," Capt. Polly Olson of the Appleton Police Dept. told FOX 11.

Olson said there's not a lot of difference between the College and Lawe intersection and other busy intersections in the city.

"The student was hospitalized Friday and Saturday night and from our understanding was released late yesterday (Sunday)," said Ken Anselment, Lawrence University Vice President of enrollment and communication.

The school isn't releasing the student's name.

"This most recent accident at this intersection, I think, is going to energize conversations about what we can do to ensure greater pedestrian safety at this particular troublesome spot," said Anselment.

Fridays incident isn't the first time a pedestrian was hit by a car on College Avenue. Olson said, "We did have similar type of crash a year ago, last October, that person was intoxicated and I believe sentenced recently in regard to that crash."

Another incident happened five years ago. A student was badly hurt when she was hit by a car. That case is still unsolved.

But some students who use the intersection often say for the most part it's safe.

"I'm usually not nervous, only if the cars are turning left, people usually obey the stop signs," said sophomore, Sofie Schwartz.

Officials say even with signs, drivers and walkers need to pay attention to their surroundings.

If you have information about the incident, the Appleton Police Department asks that you call the non-emergency number at (920) 832-5500.

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