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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Hit and run

Last night a girl from our halls of residence who lived in the flat below me was killed in a hit-and-run incident.

She was crossing on the pedestrian crossing directly below my window. It is notorious for cars going through it even when the light is showing red, as any student from here will tell you. She was thrown about 30 feet from the crossing and died almost instantly.

As a first year medic student, it is a death that is ironic as well as utterly tragic. Yet one would hope that her death would prove not to be entirely futile. Maybe people will learn something from this and future accidents will be prevented.

After 24 hours of feeling pretty dazed, shocked and sick, a few of us decided to go to our local for a pint this evening, just to take our minds off things.

First thing that happens? We press the button, wait on the crossing, see the flowers on the railings... and a car goes through the red light that's showing.

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