UPDATED: Friday, March 16, 12:29 p.m.

Freshman Molly Offstein was hit by a car at 7:30 a.m. Monday on University Drive at O'Kelly Avenue, according to multiple students Monday and a Thursday evening email from Smith Jackson, vice president for Student Life and dean of students. Offstein has been taken to UNC hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Lt. Mark Sweat of the Town of Elon Police.

Offstein has been put into a medically induced coma and is currently in critical condition. A GoFundMe has been set up to help offset the costs of Offsein's medical bills.

According to a message from Evan Offstein, Molly Offstein's father, she remains in the medically induced coma. From Sunday through Wednesday, Offstein's vitals began to stabilize and the brain swelling subsided, but on Monday she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

On Friday, there was a brief time for prayer and reflection in the McBride Gathering Space in Numen Lumen Pavilion. 

Jackson sent an email to students Monday morning asking for help identifying the student. She did not have identification on her but was described as a tall woman with reddish hair wearing a sweatshirt and spandex pants.

According to Sweat, the driver, who's not a student, was traveling east on University Drive, had a green light and was going below the speed limit. He also noted there are no crosswalks at that intersection.

Sweat said there are no plans to press charges, and the incident was not a hit-and-run. She was one of three students that President Lambert highlighted at new student convocation last August.

Offstein, of Frostburg, Maryland, is a runner on the women's cross country team and an Honors Fellow.

The incident is still under investigation, according to a news release from the Town of Elon Police Department.

The intersection where the incident occurred. 


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