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Jogger in Critical Condition After Last Week's Accident

by on July 07, 2014 12:53 PM

The Penn State University freshman hit by a pick-up truck while jogging Thursday morning is in critical condition, according to medical officials.

Eva O'Brian, 18, of Berwyn, is in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, according to Katie Delach, hospital spokesperson.

Authorities say O'Brian was injured when she reportedly ran into the path of pick-up truck driven by Zachariah Spicer, 24, of State College.

Police say the accident happened at the intersection of North Atherton Street and West Park Avenue at about 9:45 a.m. while the victim was reportedly jogging in a no-pedestrian zone and wearing earbuds.

Investigators say the pick-up truck that hit O'Brian was heading south on North Atherton Street. Police do not expect to file charges against the driver.

O'Brian was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center and was later transferred to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Penn State Spokesperson Lisa Powers says O'Brian recently began attending summer classes as a freshman.

Police say the Penn State Office of Student Affairs was contacted to provide assistance to the student's family.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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