Urbana teen hospitalized after being hit in crosswalk

Urbana teen hospitalized after being hit in crosswalk

URBANA — An Urbana teen hit by a car as she crossed an Urbana street Wednesday evening was listed in good condition Thursday at Carle Foundation Hospital.

An Urbana police report said Donald Owen, 45, of the 200 block of West Delaware Avenue, Urbana, immediately stopped his car and began helping Nailah Davis, 15, after he realized he had hit her.

The report said Davis, of the 800 block of Burkwood Court, was crossing Vine Street in a marked crosswalk near Fairlawn Drive about 5 p.m. when she was hit by a car headed south on Vine Street.

The report said Owen told police he hadn't seen her in the crosswalk because it was dark.

Witnesses told police that Owen hit her but also confirmed that he got out right away to help her. He was issued a ticket for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The school district confirmed that Owen is the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.


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mikeyy wrote on November 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

the report says Wednesday, but the caption says Thursday,, which is it

Mike Howie wrote on November 17, 2011 at 6:11 pm
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Thanks for noticing that. The photo was taken Thursday, but the accident was Wednesday. We've corrected the caption.

Are you kidding wrote on November 18, 2011 at 1:11 am

Dear News-Gazette,

From now on in all of your stroies, you must follow the example you have set in this story by listing the place of employment of the people involved.

What the heck does it matter that he is employeed by the local school district? It has no bearing on this incident. Is it assumed that the young girl that was injured is an Urbana student-not necessarily, she could be home schooled or attend private school and walking home or to a friends. You don't list eye witness accounts of what happened in the dark. Was she already in the crosswalk or did she step out into the crosswalk as the car passed? Why wasn't she visible? Bad street lighting? Wearing dark clothing?

Anyway, shame on you for trying to tie his employment to this to try and make more of a story than there is! I'll be looking for everyone elses employment listed in your stories from now on. Geeeeeesh!