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By Ileana Diaz

GLASGOW, Del., (CBS) — There is grief and mourning on the campus of the University of Delaware tonight.

A 19-year-old student was struck and killed by a pickup truck while walking with a friend early Friday morning.

The deadly accident happened at South College Avenue in Glasgow, just south of Newark.

You can still see the debris from an accident early Friday morning involving two University of Delaware students.

Daniel Bernstein, 18, and Ethan Connolly, 19, crossed this roadway at 12:30 a.m. without a flashlight and didn’t use the crosswalk. Police say Linwood McLean was driving his Ford Ranger through this intersection when he hit both students.

Bernstein walked away with injuries, but Ethan Connolly, who is from Massachusetts, died at the scene.

“He was a student, so obviously I’m going to be upset,” a student said.

“He was a really nice kid. He’s one of my best friend’s roommates from last year, and it’s just really sad what happened,” student Matt Mercer said.

CBS 3 is told Connolly was a Sophomore and a new member of the Theta Chi Fraternity and those close to him are having a hard time dealing with the loss.

“They’re very upset and closed off, keeping close with family,” student Robert Rock said.

Police are investigating the accident and trying to find out who, if anyone, is at fault. Students at the University of Delaware say it’s an awful accident, but one that shouldn’t have happened.

“It’s sad because I know we all do it, but could have been avoided. It could’ve been anyone,” student Taylor Hamilton said.

The Vice President for the University of Delaware Student Life Department released this statement, it reads:

“On behalf of the University community, I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to Mr. Connolly’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Bernstein, his family and friends,” said Dawn Thompson, interim vice president for student life. “We are all deeply saddened by this tragic event and the loss of a member of our community.”

According to the University, UD students are encouraged to contact the Center for Counseling and Student Development at 302-831-2141 for any needed support and assistance during this time. In addition, the staff in the Office of the Dean of Students is available to meet with any student who wishes to talk. Call 302-831-8939 to schedule an appointment or stop by 101 Hullihen Hall.

Police tell CBS 3 they are looking into several factors like how fast driver was going and whether anyone was drinking alcohol. At this point, they have not charged anyone.

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