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Kent State Student Hit by Car on Campus

Kelly Rienerth treated at area hospital, then released after accident on Theatre Drive.

A student was hit by a car on campus just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, but apparently sustained only minor injuries.

Michquel Penn, community resource officer for Kent State University Police Services, confirmed today that the accident occurred at 6:02 p.m. on Theater Drive, near the Music & Speech Center. Theatre Drive was closed for a short time after the accident.

Student Kelly Rienerth was hit by a car driven by Quinita McCullars, Penn said.

She said the transported Rienerth to an area hospital, where she was treated and released.

Further details are not being released as campus police are still investigating the accident, Penn said.

* January 26, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Did you know that in Ohio: 1.The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian on a sidewalk. 2. Drivers must stop their vehicle immediately prior to driving onto a sidewalk or the sidewalk area that extends across the road or alley upon which they are driving. 3. No one other than a blind person is authorized by law to carry white canes (or white canes with red tips) while on any public highway or thoroughfare. The law provides that the blind carrying such canes as well as those with guide dogs are to be given the right of way by every driver. (There is a lady I see on a regualar basis walking the busy, scary Rt 59 sidewalks in front of the University with a white cane! Remember SHE has the RIGHT OF WAY and she can't see you!). So, as you're driving around town, remember: Before turning at a green light, stop as pedestrians cross in front of you. Be especially careful when turning right on red. The “DON”T WALK” light is not a signal for vehicle right of way. Be patient and respect pedestrians who are in the crosswalk during this time.
Jon Ridinger January 26, 2012 at 04:35 PM
At the same time, pedestrians need to understand that even with the "right of way", walking when it says "DON'T WALK" (or the new red hand symbol) isn't a good idea. The signs are there for a reason. Also, having the right of way doesn't mean stepping into a crosswalk without any adherence to traffic (I've seen MANY people who don't even look at traffic before stepping into a crosswalk). A car only has so much time to stop based on weight and speed.
Teresa K. January 26, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Having had the occassion to drop my sons off at KSU for classes off and on for a few years, I came to realize some things about college students. One, they OWN the road and don't need to look both ways. 2. their phone is more important than their safety. 3. their ipod and music are more important than their safety. 4. They will profit if they get hit by a car. That being said: on and near campus, it is best to drive about 10 mph and ride the brake. Students lead busy lives and they are the pedestrians : ) I hope the student recovers quickly !
* January 26, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Weight, speed and only if the person behind the wheel is even paying attention to the road ahead of them rather than something in their car (phone, sterero, Big Mac on their lap, etc). I too have seen way too many people, usually with ear buds dangling from their ears, just walk into traffic without so much as a casual glance at the cars (sort of like my childhood cat did the last time he crossed the road at my grandparents farm back in the day). Stepping into a crosswalk anywhere in the world without looking isn't going to win you any awards (except that golden ticket to the ER and maybe a Darwin award). Then again, too many times I've encountered someone turning who decides that my crossing on the crosswalk during the designated WALK signal is infringing on a few precious seconds of their life. They then proceed to honk, flick me off and/or rev their engine to make some type of impatient point. It's a scary world out there and everyone not only needs to watch out for themselves, but for everyone else, too.
* January 26, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I've also, plenty of times, encountered a group of students who purposely cross on the DON'T WALK and sometimes even walk slowly and stare at you. If I'm real lucky, someone turns to show me "the bird", and the next thing you know, the opportunity to make the green light has passed and I'm sitting through another light cycle. I'm aware that teenagers reasoning abilities are not fully formed/functional and being a risky little bugger is all par for the course (we were all teenagers, and everyone has at least a few interesting memories if not more,*cringe*), but sometimes I just have to sigh and wonder "Why?", as I sit, idling, for another light.

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