NEW BRUNSWICK — It was more than 36 hours after a Rutgers University Police Department patrol car hit and injured a student crossing the street. However, the University’s Media Relations Department has yet to issue a statement or respond to numerous requests for comment.

According to eyewitness accounts, the student’s leg was badly injured after being struck by a Rutgers police car that may have been exceeding the 25 mph speed limit on College Avenue.

University spokesman Greg Trevor did not respond to any inquiry on the matter. Even the school’s award-winning newspaper The Daily Targum, did not run a story about the incident since the University had not responded to their requests for comment either.

Multiple accounts of the incident said before striking the student, they saw the patrol car driving at an unsafe speed past one of the three major bus stops on the College Avenue campus.

The tragic incident happened last Wednesday at 5:25 p.m. The scene of the accident was cleared within about 40 minutes, while the student was taken by ambulance to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with a badly injured leg.

The University’s head of transportation stated that the University police were investigating the accident internally.  Neither the names of driver nor the victim have been identified by authorities.

A photograph of the scene placed on the website Twitpic showed the victim was aided by medics a good distance away from a crosswalk, though it is unclear where he was at the time of the accident.

The Rutgers University Police Department consists of 50 commissioned police officers, 23 full time security officers, and 9 dispatchers on the New Brunswick-Piscataway campus.

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