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Penn State Student Airlifted To Altoona After Atherton Street Crash

Update, December 4: The victim has been identified as Faith Khumalo, a second-year Ph.D. student in political science and from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, according to Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers.

Khumalo is still hospitalized in Altoona. Powers said Student Care and Advocacy is partnering with the hospital and Global Programs to provide any support to her friends and family.

Original story: A Penn State student needed to be airlifted to UPMC Altoona after they were hit by a car while crossing South Atherton Street Tuesday evening. The crash caused Atherton to be shut down for about two hours during an investigation into the incident.

The student, who sustained “severe blunt force trauma,” had been crossing Atherton from Logan Avenue when a Subaru Forester driven by a 90-year-old State College resident hit them. The pedestrian wasn’t identified, although State College Police noted they were 28 years old and an international student.

Police responded to the scene of the crash at 5:03 p.m., along with Alpha Fire Company and Centre Lifelink.

Police are urging anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact them at (814) 234-7150, by email or submit an anonymous tip online.

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci was once Onward State’s managing editor and preferred walk-on honors student who majored in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.


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