Student hit by car near campus

Lexy Gross/The News Tara Pursley, junior from Benton, Ky., was hit by a car Tuesday afternoon on Hughes Street near campus.
Lexy Gross/The News Tara Pursley, junior from Benton, Ky., was hit by a car Tuesday afternoon on Hughes Street near campus.

Lexy Gross/The News
Tara Pursley, junior from Benton, Ky., was hit by a car Tuesday afternoon on Hughes Street near campus.

A student was hit by a car on Hughes Street by Mr. J’s Grill and Pub Tuesday afternoon while crossing the street to reach a parking lot.

The student, Tara Pursley, junior from Benton, Ky., was hit by Bobbie Fazzini of Paris, Tenn. according to a Murray Police Department report.

Officers and Murray Ambulance Services reported to Hughes Street after receiving an emergency call from a bystander who witnessed the accident.

A witness, junior Logan Carroll from Paducah, Ky., said the accident could have given Pursley a concussion or broken bone, but said he didn’t believe it caused any major injuries.

Carroll said he was standing at the Sigma Chi fraternity house just down the road as he saw Pursley walking to the nearby commuter parking lot with her boyfriend. As rainfall began to increase, she began to run.

Carroll said the Pursley’s boyfriend saw the car before she did, but by the time he called out her name, she was already in the middle of the street.

He added that the accident, while Pursley did suffer unknown injuries, was not as bad as it could have been.

“She couldn’t have been going that fast from the corner,” Carroll said of the driver. “She was able to stop within a few feet of it happening.”

The Murray Police Department said speed wasn’t a factor in the accident and a non-criminal investigation was completed.

Pursley was moved onto a stretcher and into the ambulance, which took her to Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

 

Story by Mary Bradley, Assistant News Editor