Transy student hit while crossing Broadway

by Molly Crain
News Editor

by Jake Hawkins
Managing Editor

Lexington Paramedics and Police arrived on the scene after a Transylvania first-year was struck by a car.

A Transylvania student was struck early Friday morning by a car driven by another Transy student.

The victim, who Nurse Laina Smith confirms was first-year Lydia Lissanu, was walking through the North Broadway crosswalk when she was hit by another student driving a car.

The name of the student driving the car is not being released by university officials.

Smith, who was one of the first on the scene, responded after being alerted by  senior TJ Olmsted.

“[Lissanu] never lost consciousness. She hit her head and had a cut on her forehead,” Smith said.

Ambulance crews arrived on the scene and, according to Smith, took Lissanu to the University of Kentucky Chandler Emergency Room.

Olmsted was also the first to alert DPS officials, allowing them to contact emergency responders.

“[Olmsted] came in and said ‘Freshman. Hit. Crosswalk’,” said Shamara Huguely, the public safety administrative assistant.

The incident prompted traffic to slow across Broadway while police, DPS and an ambulance assessed the situation. A news crew from the Lexington NBC affiliate, WLEX18, was also on campus covering the incident.

This isn’t the first time a student has been hit and injured at the heavily trafficked site, either.

In 2008, Jessica Short ’11, then a sophomore, was hit while crossing from the residential to academic side of campus.

That incident resulted in Short, like Lissanu, being taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center where she was treated for minor injuries.

Keep checking back to for more information as it is made available to us.

*Editor’s note: A previous version of this story published Friday, Feb. 3, incorrectly reported that the Department of Public Safety confirmed the name of the victim. We regret this error.

Related Story: Student hit at Broadway Crosswalk


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