A University of York student was today hospitalised after being hit by a taxi on University Road.
The female student was knocked down by the vehicle after failing to use the designated pedestrian crossing outside the University’s Market Square.
According to University security personnel present on the scene, the student received “minor head injures” as a result of being thrown up onto the taxi windscreen.
Two police cars and one ambulance arrived within ten minutes of the accident taking place, and the student was taken to the nearest hospital for immediate treatment. She is believed to be in a stable condition.
Although the taxi driver is not, at this point, believed to have broken the 30mph speed restriction, the force of the collision left the taxi with a large dent in the right hand side of its windscreen.
The taxi driver was unhurt, but was described as “very shaken up”. Medical teams confirmed he had also been taken to hospital “as a precaution.”
Since 1997, the Government has put various measures in place to prevent the number and severity of road traffic accidents. All modern vehicles must now be fitted with pedestrian protection features. The introduction of these laws has lead to an estimated 7% reduction in pedestrian deaths, and a 21% reduction in serious injuries, following road-traffic accidents.
The University Press Office has confirmed that“there was an incident on University Road earlier today involving a student who was subsequently taken to hospital for treatment.” The Press Office declined to comment further.