A Jacksonville State University student was taken to a hospital on Wednesday after another student accidentally hit him with her vehicle on campus.
Jacksonville police Chief Tommy Thompson said student Jace Sproull, 19, was taken to Gadsden Regional Medical Center for observation and possible treatment after receiving a cut to the head.
Thompson said the accident happened at 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday on Alabama 204, at a crosswalk near the university’s International House and Cardinal Lane Northwest. The other JSU student involved, Auburn McKee, 18, was driving a 2013 Mazda CX-5 west on 204. Sproull was on a skateboard traveling east on 204, Thompson said.
Thompson said witnesses reported that McKee had stopped at a crosswalk on 204 and waited for a group of pedestrians to pass. After doing so, McKee began to accelerate, at which point Sproull attempted to use the crosswalk, Thompson said.
“The gentleman ran out in front of the vehicle and was struck,” the chief said.
The Alabama Department of Transportation added pedestrian traffic lights at certain crossings, while other street crosswalks on campus have been repainted to improve their visibility.
“We’ve worked closely with the city and state to improve crosswalks,” said Buffy Lockette, spokeswoman for JSU. “We’ve taken measures to make it safer.”