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Police Cruiser Crashes Into Pedestrian

Update: We’ve obtained a picture of the crash from Tom Provenzano, who witnessed the accident.

Last night at around 1:40 a.m., a State College police cruiser collided with Kevin Ignatuk on Beaver Ave. Ignatuk, a 21-year old student from Thomton, was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center and then flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.

According to the police and several witnesses, Ignatuk suffered serious injuries.

Ian Cannon, who was visiting a friend from New York for the Blue-White weekend, said it was raining at the time, and he heard skidding before the crash happened.

Tom Provenzano, a friend of Cannon’s, said that they only saw the aftermath of the crash, but that Ignatuk’s “shoes got knocked off.”

“The police officer was pretty distraught,” Provenzano said, pointing to a cell phone picture he snapped at 1:47 a.m. The picture shows a police SUV with a large dent in the front, and a person on the street ahead, injured.

The Centre Daily Times reported a statement made by the police.

According to police, witnesses said that the pedestrian, identified as Kevin Ignatuk, darted from the sidewalk near 456 E. Beaver Ave., into the path of the marked police SUV. The sergeant driving was uninjured, police said. He had his headlights on and was doing routine patrol, but wasn’t responding to any call at the time.

They added the following, regarding the implications of the investigation.

Because a police officer was involved, the state police were called in to do an accident reconstruction report, according to Chief Tom King’s press release. Several witnesses were identified and the road was closed for about three hours. The crash is still under investigation, jointly, by State College police and the state police.

More details will be posted here as they become known.

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