Louisiana Tech student hospitalized after being hit in crosswalk

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE) - A Louisiana Tech University student is hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle in a campus crosswalk, Wednesday morning.

The LaTech police chief says the incident happened Wednesday morning.

Campus Police Chief Randal Hermes says the incident happened around 8:00 A.M.

He says the driver, Noah Blessings, was headed southbound on Tech Drive when he hit a student using the crosswalk near Mitchell dormitory.

Hermes says first responders airlifted the victim to Oschner-LSU Health in Shreveport. He says the victim suffered scrapes and bruises to his head. Hermes says the victim also has a severe leg injury.

He also said Blessings told officers he was going "about 40" mph. The road has a speed limit of 25. Blessings also reported that he was talking on his cell phone.

Hermes says Blessings never touched his brake. Blessings, who is also a student, is cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian.