NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Students taking classes in Scott Hall said they could hear the screams of a Rutgers student injured by a Rutgers University Police Department vehicle while crossing College Avenue at approximately 5:24pm today.
Details are few and far between on the incident, and neither the victim nor the officer driving the car have been identified.
The driver called in the accident immediately using his police radio, “I need a ambulance ASAP in front of Scott Hall.” Screams of pain could be heard in the background of the officer’s transmissions.
Although the officer said the victim, “just jumped between buses and hit the patrol car,” the dispatcher still characterized the incident as a “pedestrian struck by auto.”
The injuries sounded serious according to the police tapes. An officer quickly asked for the dispatcher to expedite the ambulance already en route. He later told the dispatcher, “I need a splint here, ASAP.”
Rutgers buses had to re-route for about 30 minutes as College Avenue was closed between Mine and Hamilton Streets. New Brunswick police helped direct traffic at the scene, which was declared “clear” shortly after 6:00, according to the police tapes.
The victim, who has yet to be identified, was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
A University spokesman did not return multiple requests for comment.
Jack Molenaar, the head of the Rutgers Department of Transportation said, “I don’t know much, but I do know that my bus didn’t hit the pedestrian.”
He said the Rutgers University Police Department was investigating the incident internally.
Here is the only picture we could find of the scene, published at 5:59pm yesterday by Twitter user @Askixx.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate, a community organizer, and a former independent candidate for mayor of New Brunswick.