Statement regarding student killed this afternoon in traffic incident

At approximately noon today, a Marshall University student was struck and killed by a vehicle as she crossed 3rd Ave. near the intersection with 18th St.

Marshall President Jerome A. Gilbert issued the following statement:

“The university community is devastated. Our Marshall family is very close and every one of us has been deeply affected by this afternoon’s tragedy. All our prayers are with the student’s family and friends, as well as with the driver.

“The university had a counselor at the scene this afternoon and also will be providing assistance and support to the family. Counseling services are available to our students by calling 304-696-2269.

“With permission from the Governor’s Office, flags on Marshall University’s campus have been lowered to half-staff in the student’s memory.

“Please keep both families in your thoughts over the coming hours, days and weeks. This is a horrible loss for them and the Marshall family.”

The university will not be releasing any further information at this time due to federal student privacy laws.

Media inquiries about the incident should be directed to the Huntington Police Department, the investigating agency.