April 22, 2009

Student Hit by Vehicle While Crossing East Avenue After Exam

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Amiel Vural ’11 was hit by an oncoming vehicle last night at around 9:05 p.m. He was leaving Baker Hall after an exam and was struck on the East Avenue crosswalk. Vural was alert and conscious after the incident, although he was taken to Cayuga Medical Center by ambulance, according to Simeon Moss ’73, director of Cornell Press Relations.
The driver, Marc Silberman ’12, has been charged with a violation for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian at a crosswalk. Silberman was issued a summons to appear in Ithaca City Court.
Many students were leaving Baker Hall after a prelim when the accident happened. According to student witnesses, the “pouring rain” at that time might have contributed to the accident.
“I thought the crane was falling down,” David Byun ’11 said of the noise of the crash.
“It hit him on the knee, and he was flung to the side of the curb,” recalled Malika Conner ’11. “He could talk and move, but he couldn’t move his knee,” she added.
According to Byun and Conner, the driver kept apologizing and tried to make sure that Vural was fine.
Vural said he was in the hospital for around two hours before being released with a broken knee cap.
“I wish I was hit before my exam,” Vural said jokingly.