UNA Student hit by car on Pine Street


Whitney Veazey | Staff Photographer

In the past year, two students have been struck by vehicles on Pine Street on separate occasions. Both students were treated at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala

Kelley Peters, Staff Writer

A University of North Alabama student was hit by a vehicle on Pine Street on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.

Michelle Eubanks, the Director of University Media and Public Relations for the university, said that the student was hit at approximately 2:30 p.m. The individual received treatment at Huntsville Hospital and was later released.

The Flor-Ala filed an open records request seeking documents related to this accident, but no information has been released at the time of publication. This is the second time in a year a student has been struck by a vehicle on Pine Street.

A year ago, a UNA student was also hit by a vehicle on Pine Street on Sept. 28, 2021. WAFF 48 reported the incident in their story “UNA student hit by vehicle, airlifted from scene.”

WAFF’s DeAndria Turner reported that the student was hit at the intersection of Pine Street and West Irvine Street–a busy intersection especially during the school day. Eubanks is quoted in the article, saying that “first responders reacted quickly.”

“Well obviously it’s a crucial issue and we want to ensure that all students are safe and that we respond as best as we are able to do so,” Eubanks told WAFF in Sept. 2021. “We are very fortunate at UNA that we have a police force in Florence that responded very quickly. They work very closely with university police. Both entities were on the scene investigating this.” WHNT News 19 also covered the accident from Sept. 28, 2021. The news outlet reported “University of North Alabama student hit, airlifted from nearby intersection.”

WHNT’s reporter Bobby Stilwell wrote that Florence Police documented that the accident happened “just after 1:15 p.m.”

According to the article, the victim was airlifted from the scene, but the student’s injuries were reportedly not life-threatening. Police stopped traffic at the intersection for investigation of the accident.