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Student hit by car while crossing 50th

A USF student was hit by a car while crossing 50th street near campus Thursday, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).

HCSO reported 19-year-old Elizabeth Courtney was crossing 50th at Sun Ridge Palms Drive within the crosswalk when a silver Nissan Altima traveling southbound at approximately 7:54 a.m. hit her.

Courtney was medivaced to Tampa General Hospital, where she was in a stable but critical condition according to HCSO Thursday afternoon.  The driver, Ernest Washington, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian within a marked crosswalk.

Courtney’s condition was not available as of Sunday evening.

“It is more important than ever that students stop and look before stepping out into streets, even when there is a marked crosswalk,” said USF Dean of Students Michael Freeman in an email to The Oracle, in which he cautioned students to be mindful while crossing roadways.

— Staff report