Haluk Yapicioglu, a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the College of Engineering, was struck while walking across the crosswalk in between Cox Street and North Donahue Drive at 8:23 p.m. by 21-year-old Lois Jackson, junior in human development and family sciences, driving a gold Honda Accord.
Last night, Yapicioglu was transported to East Alabama Medical Center for treatment. He is now in the Intensive Care Unit at the Atlanta Medical Center, according to a hospital representative.
The accident is under investigation, said Captain Tom Stofer of the Auburn Police Department
"I haven't been told (his condition) is life threatening," Stofer said. "It was my understanding that alcohol was not a factor in the accident."
Katrina Morozzi of New Jersey was on the balcony of her boyfriend's Brown Crest condominium when the accident occurred.
"I was just looking that way, and I thought the car was going to stop," Morozzi said, "but it didn't. Nobody was saying anything to him, and he didn't look like he was moving."
Morozzi's boyfriend, Robert Green, junior in communications, called 911 immediately after the accident occurred.
"I was inside when it happened, but I heard it from inside," Green said. "It sounded like a gun shot."
Megan Moore, junior in marketing, had just finished taking a Principles of Finance test when she and her boyfriend, Joel Wood, senior in business administration, arrived at the scene of the accident.
"We came out of the front door of Lowder," Moore said, "and we turned the corner, and we saw someone lying in the street, and we walked up to make sure he was conscious and breathing. His shoe was in the crosswalk, and he was about 20 yards away toward Momma G's."
Moore and Wood stayed at the scene for about 10 minutes until the police arrived.
"He was conscious, but not really with it, obviously," Moore said. "We were just trying to tell him to stay down and not move, and he kept asking people to hold his hand."