Penn State student hit by pickup flown to UPMC Altoona

bmilazzo@centredaily.comJuly 3, 2014 

A police officer takes measurements while investigating a pedestrian accident on North Atherton Street at Park Avenue on Thursday.


A Penn State student was transported to the hospital with serious injuries Thursday morning after being hit by a pickup truck near the Park Avenue and North Atherton Street intersection, State College police said.

Lt. Keith Robb said that Eva O’Brian, 18, was jogging east along Park Avenue when she crossed in front of a Ford F-250 pickup traveling south on North Atherton Street at about 9:45 a.m.

Robb said O’Brian crossed the street in a “no pedestrians allowed” area and was wearing earbuds that may have been a distraction.

She was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center by ambulance and then flown to UPMC Altoona. As of 3:15 p.m., O’Brian was in the intensive care unit, according to a hospital spokesman.

Lt. Mark Argiro said that the driver of the truck, Zachariah Spicer, 24, of State College, was not at fault.

“It looks like the jogger crossed into the path of the truck,” Argiro said. “There is no indication the truck did anything wrong.”

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said O’Brian is a freshman from Berwyn attending the summer session and enrolled in the College of Health and Human Development.

Britney Milazzo can be reached at 231-4648. Follow her on Twitter @ M11azzo.

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