Ball State student injured in bicycle accident

By Evie Lichtenwalter

A female Ball State student was injured Thursday evening when she was struck by a vehicle heading west on Riverside Avenue just east of the Scramble Light, in front of Woodworth Complex.

University spokesperson Tony Proudfoot confirmed the student as Steffanie Gardner, 21.

University Police Sgt. Terrell Smith said the student had been crossing the street and was struck by a silver Buick headed westbound on Riverside Avenue. According to police, Gardner was thrown against Solis’ windshield, causing the glass to fracture. She fell to the pavement when the vehicle came to a stop.

The motorist involved in the wreck was Daniel Solis, 29, of Muncie, according to an incident report obtained from the Muncie Police Department.

Gardner was transported to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital around 6:30 p.m. Her condition is unknown at this time.

Authorities are unsure at this time if the sun was a factor in the incident.

When officers arrived on scene, several students were already assisting the victim.

Senior Kristen Vincenty said she was walking home from University Theatre when she heard a crash and ran to see what happened.

“I just heard the screeching of brakes,” Vincenty said.

The senior, who is CPR certified, saw the victim on the ground and immediately went to help.

“I yelled not to touch her because I saw some people trying to move her,” she said. “We were all trying to help.”

Several other Ball State students also tried to help the cyclist.

Junior Alyssa Meyer said she was heading home from Ultimate Frisbee practice when she witnessed the accident. Meyer, also CPR certified and a lifeguard, held the student’s hand and talked to her while they were waiting for help to arrive.

“I asked if she could hold my hand,” said Meyer, “She kept saying that it was her fault, but we were telling her that it was OK.”

The student’s condition was unknown as of Thursday night.

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