Student hit by car dies

The Southern Oregon University student hit by a car last week died Wednesday evening.

Gladys Jimenez, 22, had been in critical condition at Rogue Valley Medical Center since Feb. 13 after being struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk on Siskiyou Boulevard.

Jimenez died around 5 p.m. Wednesday, and students were notified in an e-mail by SOU President Mary Cullinan early this morning.

"We are saddened to lose her to our University," Cullinan wrote. "In her short time here at SOU, Gladys had become a valued member of the SOU community. She was an actively engaged student and had many friends among the students, faculty and staff."

Jimenez was a first-year transfer student from Santa Rosa, Calif. studying criminology. She loved to watch movies and read "anything and everything," according to her MySpace profile.

Counselors will be available to students for group and individual sessions, Cullinan's e-mail said. Funeral arrangements were not known as of press time.

The Traffic Safety Commission will continue discussion of pedestrian safety on Siskiyou Boulevard at its next meeting on Feb. 28, with commission members voting on a series of options combining education, enforcement and engineering, said Jim Olson, interim public works director and staff liaison to the commission.

"We will still be outlining the immediate action that we'll need to improve the pedestrian safety out there," he said.

Long-time commission member Patti Busse said solutions should reach beyond more crosswalks or stop signs, which often give people a false sense of security, although not necessarily in Gladys' situation.

"My biggest fear is people saying 'Oh, it's the pedestrian's fault,' or 'Oh, it's the driver's fault,' but it takes the whole community to make a safe community," she said.

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