Woman hit by car on campus

By Staff Writer
September 12, 2002

A Brazilian global outreach intern was struck by a car on the main entrance driveway off of King of Prussia Road, on Monday, Sept. 2, the apparent victim of a hit and run accident.

Rogeria Costa de Paula, 38, came to America from Brazil for the first time in August, to be the very first outreach intern at the Wolfington Center for Service and Leadership. De Paula specializes in Afro-Brazilian identity and teaches on the university level in her native country.

Charles Schaffner, director of public safety, was contacted for comment, but he declined to provide an incident report. However, according to a police report obtained from the Radnor Township Police Department, de Paula was walking up the main driveway on campus, her back toward the King of Prussia Road entrance.

Suddenly, and out of nowhere, a car appeared, headed westbound down the driveway. De Paula describes seeing the car, and trying to avoid impact by running. The vehicle struck de Paula in the shin, breaking her left foot.

The driver of the vehicle, which is being described as a “large, dark, possibly green vehicle, with an uncovered spare tire mounted on the rear,” never stopped to assist de Paula. While de Paula could not identify the driver, she was able to provide a description of the passenger. According to the police report, the passenger is described as

“white, probably male, with medium to dark wavy hair.” Radnor police checked the local area around the school, but were unsuccessful in finding the suspects.

De Paula was treated and released from Bryn Mawr Hospital. She walked up the driveway on her broken foot, limping to the New Residence Hall, where Tricia Arnold, residence director of the New Residence Hall, assisted de Paula in getting help.

Meanwhile, de Paula says, “I am very happy to be here; the people are very friendly.” When speaking about her injury, she states, “This will get better.” What de Paula cannot understand, is how another person could just leave her lying on the ground, 10 feet away from the main entrance into school.

“Accidents happen,” de Paula said, “But it is important for young people to think about responsibility.” De Paula is afraid that the person who struck her will strike someone else on campus.

De Paula feels that her semester here will be a “good opportunity,” to educate people about Afro-Brazilian relations. Racism is very subtle in Brazil, and de Paula is one of the only women to be teaching at the university level.

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