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A female student suffered serious injuries after she was struck by a pickup truck at 8:20 p.m., Thursday evening on Folsom Street. She is now in stable condition, according to the Boulder Community Hospital.
A Boulder Police news release identified the victim as 20-year-old CU junior Chloe Kay.
Sgt. Jim MacPherson of the Boulder Police Department said Thursday that the pickup truck veered off onto the sidewalk where Kay was walking with a friend, who was not injured in the accident.
“A northbound truck on Folsom, just north of Taft [Drive], went on the curb and struck a pedestrian that was on the sidewalk causing serious injuries to the pedestrian,” Sgt. MacPherson said.
Kay was immediately taken to Boulder Community Hospital with serious injuries; she was unconscious at the time police arrived.
The identity of the male driver of the full-sized, four-door pickup truck has been confirmed but not released because the driver is a minor. The 17-year-old is not a CU student, and there were three other minors in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
“The driver told police he was driving northbound on Folsom, looking for a parking space, when he says he unknowingly drove onto the sidewalk, colliding with Kay,” according to the press release. “He estimated that he was driving approximately 20 mph at the time of the accident. The driver stayed at the scene of the accident and has been cooperating with police.”
“We believe that drugs may have been involved,” Kim Kobel, spokesperson for the Boulder Police Department, said. “We are waiting for the results of some blood tests.”
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