February 2, 2023
Ithaca, NY | 33°F


Student hit by vehicle

Sophomore Steve McDonald said he and his friends were returning from dinner around 7:30 p.m. when a car hit him on his right leg. He was in the crosswalk at the intersection across from Emerson Hall. McDonald said the impact sent him flying onto the pavement face-first, where he then slid forward across the wet road.

McDonald said he was not seriously hurt.

“I’m a little shaken up, but I’m OK,” McDonald said.

McDonald’s friend, sophomore Eric Carosia, said he saw the car stop at the intersection.

“Then [the driver] gunned it,” Carosia said.

Investigator Tom Dunn said Public Safety has not located the driver or the vehicle and does not know if the driver is a student or not.

Dunn said the area was well lit, but it was snowing. He said he does not know if the weather had any bearing on the accident.

Carosia said he and McDonald tried to jump away from the car.

“If we hadn’t jumped, he would have hit me with the front of the car … ,” McDonald said. “Then I probably would be in the hospital.”

Neither McDonald nor Carosia said they had a clear view of the driver or the license plate. McDonald said he recognized the car as a dark-colored Mercury Mystique.

Dunn said he could not confirm the model of the car, only that it was blue or black.

Any information should be reported to the Office of Public Safety at 274-3333.