Elon student hit by car remains in critical condition

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ELON, N.C. -- A first-year Elon University student is still in critical condition Tuesday after she was hit by a vehicle Monday evening.

University Communications spokesperson Eric Townsend confirmed 18-year-old Gabriela Rosales was hit by a vehicle in the southbound lane of North Williamson Avenue around 8 pm. She was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

The driver of the car, a Toyota Camry, was Pat Madren of Gibsonville. She is 75 years old and is not a student.

The investigation in ongoing, added Townsend, and no charges are filed against the driver right now.

Elon Vice President for Student Life and Deans of Students Smith Jackson sent a message to campus just before 10:00 am Tuesday morning. Townsend said the message updated campus about the accident and confirmed Rosales is in critical condition.

Townsend said Rosales’ family and university staff are with her at the hospital.

Students hung signs and cards for Rosales near the accident site, telling her to stay strong and get better soon. She is a sorority member and involved in several campus groups, other students told Fox8.

“I know the whole Greek community will pull together to help however we can. I’m just sending prayers to her and her family in this awful time they’re going through,” said student Carly Ackerman-Canning.

Sophomore Freddy Suppes saw the accident happen. He said several students jumped in to help Rosales and reroute traffic until first responders could get there.

“Another man who identified himself as a medic came running over. Thank god.  Throughout the chaos, it’s such a blessing he was nearby. He was an off-duty medic,” Suppes added.

Student Maddy Rozynek says they’re all being even more careful crossing the street. “I was crossing the road over here, looking both ways, making sure that there are no cars coming. I normally do that just because it is a busy street and people sometimes don’t pay attention,” she pointed out.

It’s unclear if Rosales was actually in a nearby crosswalk when she crossed the road. She was very close to it when paramedics arrived based on investigative paint marks on the road.

Townsend said students are welcomed to gather, pray and reflect at the Sacred Space and Pavilion. He said counselors are separately available for students who need them.