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Penn State Student Charged With Vehicular Homicide In Park Avenue Pedestrian Crash

Update, September 18:

Lovisa Arnesson-Cronhamre’s family started a petition to discourage the court from setting bail for Ahmed Alqubaisi.

“We as a family are now appealing to the public to sign this to be able to file Lovisa’s case,” the petition translation from Swedish reads. “We don’t have a lot of money to pay expensive lawyers but if we could get just YOUR vote we might be able to influence the judge so that the driver remains in custody without being able to be released on bail.”

The petition can be found here.

Alqubaisi’s preliminary bail hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27.

Original Story:

A 20-year-old Penn State student was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide after a Tuesday night car crash on East Park Avenue that resulted in the death of 25-year-old Penn State student Lovisa Arnesson-Cronhamre.

Ahmed Alqubaisi was charged with third-degree felony homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, and recklessly endangering another person, according to court documents.

The crash on E. Park Ave. occurred around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, and Arnesson-Cronhamre was pronounced dead at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13, at UPMC Altoona.

Alqubaisi was denied bail and is in county jail with a preliminary hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27.

Alqubaisi was driving a 2024 BMW M3 and was leaving Penn State’s IM Building when he departed the westbound lane of E. Park Ave. and collided with Arnesson-Cronhamre, who was jogging westbound on the south sidewalk.

Arnesson-Cronhamre’s body was located 80 feet from where she collided with the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.

Alqubaisi’s vehicle was reported to have lost control, entered into the eastbound lane, breached the sidewalk, struck a water standpipe and light pole, and then collided with Arnesson-Cronhamre. The victim was struck by the passenger door of the vehicle.

Alqubaisi was in possession of a four-year Pennsylvania learner’s permit at the time of the crash and was the sole operator of the vehicle. Police don’t believe drugs or alcohol to be a factor in the crash.

Alqubaisi is currently suspended from Penn State and has no ties to Pennsylvania or the United States, per the complaint. The defendant is an international student from the United Arab Emirates.

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