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Students concerned about safety after ISU student dies in car crash


Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 6:10 PM CST
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NORMAL (25 NEWS) - Illinois State University police were out Wednesday morning patrolling the crosswalk near College Avenue and Kingsley Street where 23-year-old Danielle Fairchild of Normal was hit by a vehicle Monday evening and died Tuesday.

Autopsy results shows Fairchild died from head trauma.

Normal Police spokesperson Brad Park said the driver, who was initially given a ticket for failure to stop and yield right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, could face more charges.

“Anytime you have an accident of this nature where there’s a death or a serious bodily injury there’s always a potential for additional charges,” Park said.

Some ISU students who cross by busy streets like College Avenue or Main street to get to class say crossing these busy streets can be dangerous.

“Definitely difficult to cross,” ISU student Emma Argo said.

“The cars don’t really stop for you. I live on a pretty busy road and I stand there a long time waiting to cross the street,” Argo added.

“I think this road can be dangerous sometimes,” another ISU student Brain Barbour said.

“There’s a lot of traffic and there’s a lot of curves going into it. So people don’t really see students ahead of time so they just go for it,” he said.

Park said accidents are not common near the intersection where Fairchild was hit, but said other busier intersections in town are likely to see them.

He encourages both pedestrians and drivers to be careful at crosswalks.

“Pedestrians need to be aware, be very cautious when they are crossing the streets,” Park said.

“But the same with drivers, they need to be very cognizant of those students that are crossing,” he added.

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