Two Hit On University Avenue


Christopher Olson and Audrey Clark were struck by a vehicle on Friday around midnight when they crossed W University Avenue against the light.

According to an email from Gainesville Police Department spokesman Ben Tobias, an eastbound vehicle struck Olson and Clark as they crossed at 17th Street. Both pedestrians hit the vehicle’s windshield before landing on the road.

Clark, 20, was conscious at the scene but suffered head injuries, and Olson, 21, lost consciousness due to heavy blood-loss from the back of the head. Their injuries were serious but not life-threatening, and they were both taken to UF Health Shands Hospital.

Tobias said GPD does not know if anyone involved was intoxicated. Toxicology results will be available in 6 to 8 weeks.

The driver involved was traveling down University Avenue at about 30 mph and had the green light. Olson and Clark did not have the signal to cross the street, and other pedestrians were waiting at the intersection when the pair decided to cross, according to the email from Tobias. Multiple witnesses confirmed the account provided by GPD.

GPD’s investigation did not indicate any violations on the driver’s part; however, Tobias anticipates both Olson and Clark will be cited for pedestrian violations.


Erica A. Hernandez contributed to this report.

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