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Two Elon students hit by car on Haggard Avenue 

Two Elon University students were taken to Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro after being hit by a car around 8 p.m. Sunday in the crosswalk between Belk Library and the Powell Building.  Photo credit: Hali Tauxe

Two female Elon University students were hit by a car driven by another Elon student around 8 p.m. Sunday on Haggard Avenue crosswalk between Belk Library and the Powell Building, according to Town of Elon police officer Brian Phillips.

Freshman Katherine Custer was struck by the right side of the car, causing her to be thrown an estimated 6-10 feet, according to a Town of Elon police report. The other pedestrian, Madeline Morris, had her right foot run over by the car, according to the report.

Both of the students were taken to Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro with suspected non life-threatening injuries.

Two charges for failure to yield at a crosswalk are pending at this time for the driver.

One of the students was first treated on the lawn near the Powell Building. She was then moved into the EMS Alamance County Paramedic Unit ambulance for eight minutes.

Freshman eyewitness Sam Lancto described what he saw.

“I was walking across the McMichael crosswalk and out of the corner of my eye I saw a car, so I looked away because I didn’t see anything,” Lancto said. “And then I heard a screech, a scream and a really loud thud. I looked back and the girl had flown like 10 feet up the street.”

But Lancto noted the woman was conscious after impact.

“The woman in the street sat up,” he said.

The story is being jointly reported by The Pendulum and Elon Local News. Bryan Anderson, Paige Pauroso, Gary Grumbach and Caroline Hartshorn contributed reporting.

About the author: Paige Pauroso

Paige is a senior broadcast journalism major from Williamsburg, Virginia. She is currently senior reporter for Elon Local News, covering breaking news and human interest stories on Elon's campus. Paige has completed internships at WRIC 8 News in Richmond, VA, FOX 5 WTTG in Washington, D.C. and Wealth Briefing, while she studied abroad in London. Previously in ELN, Paige has served as assignment manager, co-producer of the ELN's online web exclusive and anchored ELN Morning two years in a row. If you have a news tip or a story you think Paige should cover, she wants to hear it! Shoot her an email ([email protected]) or find her on Twitter (@Paige_Pauroso).

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