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Shepherd student struck in crosswalk

By Staff | Jan 14, 2012

A 21-year-old female Shepherd University student suffered serious injuries after she was struck by a minivan while walking in a university crosswalk at 3:56 p.m. Friday, according to news releases from the Shepherdstown Police Department and SU.

The releases identified Kayla Barb, from Moorefield, W.Va., as the victim.

She was struck while crossing W.Va. 480 between East Campus and West Campus drives. Injuries included a “visible head injury,” and she was found unconscious at the scene, according to SPD Chief David Ransom.

The Pontiac minivan was traveling southbound on W.Va. 480 when it struck Barb, Ransom said in a phone interview Friday evening.

Barb was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax County, Va., where she was admitted to the trauma unit.

The driver, identified as Bonnie Smallwood of Maryland, was transported to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown to be treated for minor injuries, Ransom added.

This was the second such incident at the crosswalk between East Campus and West Campus in a little more than two years, according to Ransom.

Students who were on the scene are being supported by university counseling services, according to SU’s release.

“Our thoughts are with the student and her family at this time,” stated Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley in the SU release. “Kayla is a valued member of the Shepherd community.”

Units responding to the incident included the SPD, the Shepherd University Police Department, the Harpers Ferry Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Shepherdstown Fire Department, responders from the Sharpsburg (Md.) Volunteer Fire Department and a HealthNet 8 helicopter, according to Ransom.

The roadway was temporarily closed after the incident, and traffic on W.Va. 480 was rerouted through the Shepherd’s West Campus.

Updates will be posted to www.shepherd.edu, according to SU’s release.

– The Shepherdstown Chronicle staff writer Kelly Cambrel contributed to this report.