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SBU Student Struck by Campus Police Car Remains in Fair Condition

The student has been identified the student as Brianna Bifone of Wantagh, NY.

The Stony Brook student struck by a campus police car on Thursday night remains at Stony Brook University Hospital the hospital in fair condition, a hospital spokesman said Monday.

The student has been identified by campus newspaper The Statesman as Brianna Bifone of Wantagh. A Stony Brook athletics spokesman confirmed Monday that Bifone spent last season as a manager with the Seawolves' football team.

Patch previously reported that a campus police officer was driving on Circle Road west of Engineering Drive – with its emergency lights on – when the officer struck a sidewalk and veered in the opposite direction, causing the vehicle to hit the student.

The Statesman reported that the officer was on the way to respond to a large group of students at the Student Union when the accident occurred. The newspaper also reported that Bifone's legs were pinned under the vehicle for about 30 minutes.

The accident is still under investigation.

Mark T. Freeley, Esq. February 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Why would the Campus Security officer be driving at such a high rate of speed so as to lose control while responding to what appears to be simply a large group of students at the Student Union. This poor student nearly lost her life due to this reckless conduct.
Vilhelm February 12, 2013 at 01:43 PM
They are police, not security. That being said, I heard a totally different version of what occurred and this smells like a cover up to me. But that's our "good neighbor" stony brook, doing what it does best. At the very least I hope they call an outside agency to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation in to the truth. But we know that won't happen...
Dave W. February 13, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Don't pass judgement without the facts. Clearly you are a lawyer looking to capitalize on others misfortune. But just because the officer was responding to a call and lost control, why must it be assumed it was because he was traveling recklessly and at such a "high rate of speed". I see accidents every day from people losing control while operating within normal speed limits. This could just have easily been you driving down the road and lost control for any number of reasons in the wrong place at the wrong time. Let's hope this young student has a quick and full recovery and is not exploited too much by lawyers looking to make their next payment on their BMW's.
Vilhelm February 13, 2013 at 05:15 AM
I applaud your disdain for attorneys, lol, however in this case- knowing more facts than i'm able to divulge, that the officer is at fault and that the university is covering it up by making up things that just aren't true. The only truthful thing is that it was an accident, and I'm sure the officer feels terrible about the injuries he gave the student.

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