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Student hit while crossing Cromartie

By Jordan Holloway
On April 30, 2010

  • Jordan Holloway

A graduate student was hit by a car on Cromartie Street  April 5.

 According to a report from the Winston-Salem Police Department, the accident occurred about 8 a.m. when the student, Patricia Hall Stephens from Greensboro, crossed the street in a non-crosswalk area and was hit by a car. 

The car was driven by Stanley Williams Jr. from Durham, who was turning onto Cromartie Street.   

Williams told the responding officer that he had stopped for the students walking in the crosswalk, and when he turned, he did not see Stephens crossing the street.  

Stephens said Williams was talking to a passenger in the car and did not see her in the street.

Emergency Medical Services took Stephens to North Carolina Baptist Hospital. 

"This is the first accident of this nature this calendar year," said Chief Patricia Norris of the Winston-Salem State  University Campus Police.

According to a "Safety While Driving" pamphlet issued by WSSU Department of Public Safety, drivers should be aware of students that are crossing the street even if they are not in the crosswalk.

"It is the responsibility of both the pedestrians and the drivers to make sure that everyone on the road is safe," Norris said.

"Pedestrians must take the responsibility to look both ways before crossing the street and be cautious to what is going on." 


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