Over 40 Pedestrians Hit by Cars at LSU Campus in the Past 5 Years
BATON ROUGE, LA. – As reported online by wwltv.com, more than 40 pedestrians have been hit by cars on the Louisiana State University campus in the last five years. Some of these collisions have caused incapacitating injuries for the victims, while most of the drivers have only received a ticket.*
During the last five years, 38 pedestrian collisions have occurred on campus at LSU, and a total of 41 people were struck by cars during those collisions. Many of these crashes occurred at the intersections of Highlands Road and South Campus Drive and Highlands Road and Dalrymple Drive.
Four of the 38 collisions resulted in debilitating injuries to the victims, including one in which a woman suffered a spinal injury and was in a coma for two weeks. Ten of the accidents resulted in “moderate” injuries to victims, according to police reports, and 15 resulted in minor injuries. The drivers involved in the collisions were ticketed for violations like failure to yield, careless or reckless driving, disregarding traffic control devices, and improper turning.
Donna Settoon, 57, was the woman who was in a coma after her collision. She was struck by a vehicle while visiting the LSU campus for a breast cancer walk in 2016.
“I saw this car going around the barricade and headed straight for me, and there was nothing I could do to get out of the way,” Settoon said. “I remember flying up in the air. I remember landing on the hood of his car and being dragged underneath the car.”
The crash separated Settoon’s spine from her pelvis. She underwent two surgeries to reattach her spine, was placed in a medically induced coma, and was in the hospital for three months. She is still in pain from the ordeal. The driver of the car was a 54-year-old man who had recently been released from a hospital and was disoriented from pain medication, a police report says. He was cited for recklessly operating a car.
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