A University of Central Florida student remains in critical condition after walking into the direct path of a pickup truck around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol.
Brooke Dawkins, 19, was struck as she stopped in the crosswalk of Alafaya Trail at Gemini Blvd. to talk to a person in a vehicle that was in a turn lane, a witness told troopers.
The driver of the truck was traveling northbound on Alafaya Trail and had a green light at the time of the incident, troopers say. There were no injuries to the driver and no charges have been filed.
Dawkins, a member of Kappa Delta sorority, is being treated at Orange Regional Medical Center. Her friends are trying to help raise money for medical expenses. They have been visiting the hospital regularly, hoping to hear some encouraging news.
"It was Sunday after everything happened. It was so devastating. The minute after we left the hospital it just felt so wrong. We wanted to do anything we could to help," said Jessy Grabowski.
Tank tops, branded with the Twitter hash tag "#BROOKESTONG," are being sold for $15 as a fundraiser -- $10 of every shirt sold are going directly to the family.
"Brooke is the easiest person to get along with, and she would do anything for anybody," said Ashley Brumbelo.
"Our UCF family's best wishes are with Brooke and her family and friends," read a statement released by the university. "This accident occurred off campus, but we are committed to working with our state and local partners to explore options that would enhance safety."