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Stamford High Student Hit By Van Near School Dies Of Injuries

An 18-year-old Stamford High School student died of her injuries after she was struck Saturday morning crossing Strawberry Hill Avenue to get to the school where SAT testing was being done.
An 18-year-old Stamford High School student died of her injuries after she was struck Saturday morning crossing Strawberry Hill Avenue to get to the school where SAT testing was being done. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. — An 18-year-old student has died of the injuries she suffered after she was hit by a van while crossing Strawberry Hill Avenue to get to Stamford High on Saturday morning, police said.

The pedestrian, described as a Stamford High student, was transported to Stamford Hospital with severe injuries, where she died as a result of her injuries, police said.

"The victim has a large and extended family who need to be notified. Her name will not be released until the afternoon of Nov. 6," Stamford police said at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the Stamford Public Schools said support services would be offered to the Stamford High community.

"On behalf of the entire Stamford Public Schools community, we are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic loss of life," said Sharon Beadle, Public Affairs Officer for the Stamford schools. "Our hearts and prayers go out to our student's family and friends.

"The district has notified Stamford High School families that we will be providing support to students and staff at Stamford High School [on Sunday] between noon and 2 p.m. And extra support staff will be available as needed during the week."

Stamford police Sgt. Andrew Gallagher said the high school was hosting SAT testing Saturday.

The victim was walking across Strawberry Hill from west to east when she was struck at 7:29 a.m. by a southbound 2000 Chevrolet Express van driven by a 37-year-old Stamford man, police said. She was not in a crosswalk, police said.

The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with officers, police said. No charges have been filed, and the investigation into the accident was continuing.

On the weekends, the area in front of the school is much quieter than it is during a regular school day, Gallagher said.

"Mondays through Fridays, early morning drop-off and pickup times is busy, but other than that really we haven't had too many problems over there," he said.

The Stamford Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad is asking any witnesses or persons with information about the accident to contact police at 203-977-4712.

Officers Thomas Drain and Jeffrey Booth were investigating Saturday.

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