Police identify Elon University student hit by car Tuesday

Posted Feb. 27, 2013, at 4:20 p.m.

ELON, N.C. — Police have identified the Elon University student struck by a car on campus Tuesday as Caroline C. Bauer of Falmouth, Maine.

According to Elon police, Bauer was using the crosswalk on Haggard Avenue nearest the Alamance building on campus and was hit by a car traveling at a low speed at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday.

“We had a student step into a crosswalk in front of a car,” said Elon Police Chief Cliff Parker.

According to the police report, driver Sue Ellen McKinney of Burlington said she had slowed for the crosswalk and didn’t notice anyone until she saw Bauer on the hood of her car. McKinney also stated she stopped immediately to check on Bauer.

Parker said Elon students “move across these crosswalks all the time,” but in this case, “The car had the right of way.”

Parker said the accident appeared to be “completely accidental.” McKinney will not be charged, he said.

Though Bauer didn’t appear to have any obvious signs of injury, she complained of pain and was taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center for evaluation, Parker said. Her condition was not immediately known, but the police report said Bauer had scrapes on her hip and had traveled 21 feet after being struck by the car.

“There were witnesses who said she was alert and answering questions when paramedics arrived,” said Eric Townsend, director of university relations.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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