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Student Dies in Penn Stater Van Accident

Update, 9/29, 10:45 a.m.: The student was identified as senior Joshua Mejia from Bergenfield, N.J., according to Powers. He was in the School of Hospitality Management. Our thoughts remain with his family and friends during this very sad time.


A Penn State student, whose name has not yet been released, died today in a one-car accident on Park Avenue. The story was first reported by the Daily Collegian.

According to Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers in a statement to Onward State, the student was returning from delivering someone to the airport in a Penn Stater van. He reportedly turned left from Fox Hollow Road onto Park Avenue when he missed the exit ramp to the Penn Stater. He tried to turn at the last minute, but clipped a sign post and ran into the barrier. The vehicle caught fire and the student was trapped inside until State College and University Police responded.

“We are profoundly saddened by this tragic accident,” Powers said. “It is always painful to hear of the loss of any student and our hearts go out to his family and friends.”

We will release the name as soon as the student’s family is notified. Our hearts go out to the student’s family and friends on this tragic day.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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