Family of man hit by vehicles issues statement

Family of man hit by vehicles issues statement

Updated Sunday 8:15 p.m.

URBANA – A 21-year-old University of Illinois student remained on life support at Carle Foundation Hospital on Sunday evening after being hit late Friday night by two vehicles as he crossed University Avenue, according to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

Urbana police Sgt. Joel Sanders said Bradley Bunte, a Centennial High School graduate and a sportswriter for The Daily Illini, was walking south against the traffic light at McCullough Street at 11 p.m. when an eastbound van clipped him with a side-view mirror, knocking him to the ground. A second vehicle then ran over him.

Northrup said that Bunte is an organ donor and that arrangements were being made for possible organ donation.

The driver of the van was Glen Black, 49, of Urbana; the driver of the car was Bryant Kearl, 24, of Urbana.

The University of Illinois released the following statement by Bunte’s family on Sunday night:

“Our son, Brad, was tragically injured when he was struck by two cars on University Avenue Friday night. We are receiving incredible support from friends, family and the community that is helping us deal with our grief. The university and Carle Hospital staff are doing everything they can to help us make it through this difficult time. Thank you to everyone.

“There are those in the media who would inadvertently increase our pain by trying to use Brad as a statistic to support their agendas. We are not fans of ‘Unofficial,’ but we as a family do not attribute this tragedy to this event.

“Brad was visiting with friends off-campus, which was not unusual for a weekend night. Having grown up in the community, Brad has many friends on and off-campus.

“He was wearing dark clothing as he was walking back to his home when the accident occurred. The conditions were dark and rainy, and he was not being careful while crossing the street. We have been told that the drivers involved were sober and had little or no chance to react.

“It was an accident that will change our lives forever.”

The family is encouraging people to sign their organ donor cards.

The accident remains under investigation. No tickets have been issued.

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