Officials: Driver Intentionally Strikes 3 West Chester University Students Waiting For Bus

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) – Three West Chester University students were struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run on Monday morning while waiting for the bus, officials say.

According to authorities, the three students were waiting for a shuttle bus on the 800 block of South New Street in the university’s south campus area when a driver intentionally jumped the curb and struck the victims.

The Chester County District Attorney’s Office says the driver then struck a parked car at High and Linden Streets. She was then taken into custody by West Chester Borough police and brought to an area hospital for a toxicology screening.

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The students who were struck were not known to the suspect.

One victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition but is now stable. A second victim suffered an ankle injury and has been released from the hospital. School officials say a third victim was also struck by the car but declined medical attention and attended classes on Monday.

“The accident is a priority and remains under investigation with the involvement of the Chester County DA’s Office and WCU Public Safety. Upon the investigation’s conclusion, appropriate action will be taken,” said the school in a statement to CBS3.

The suspect has been identified as an older woman and not a student at the university.

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Authorities say the driver was taken into custody and is undergoing a full physical and mental health evaluation.

The West Chester University Counseling Center stands ready to help any who may have been affected by this incident. The center can be reached at (610) 436-2301.

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