“It’s a really small community. So, I mean we’re all kind of a little shaken by it when something like this happens,” said student Dan Horning.
20-year old Kaitlin Anne Charity was a junior at the college. State police say early Saturday morning she was pulled over on Interstate 390 for speeding. The trooper gave Charity a ticket, waited for her to pull away, but then left in pursuit of another vehicle before seeing her drive off.
“The trooper got back to his vehicle after issuing a ticket he observed another violation He left to pursue that violator and sometime around 6:40 we believe she was struck,” said State Police Major Mark Koss.Charity was killed and the driver never stopped.
On Sunday many students at this small tight knit campus say they were saddened by the loss of one of their own. “It didn’t really impact us personally, It's just tragic to know that someone our age died like that just so suddenly,” said Anna Mellache.
Another student Alejandia Rivas said it made her think of her own mortality. “I was pretty shocked it was just that feeling of feeling safe on campus and just having a community. Even though I didn't know her I just took for granted the fact that nothing big like that would happen on campus,” said Rivas.
Police believe based on the impact that the vehicle that struck Charity may have been a tractor trailer. They're asking anyone who may have seen anything to give them a call. “Hopefully, somebody who has information or saw something will come forward and give us that information and we'll pursue it from there,” said Major Koss.
If you have any information you’re asked to call the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department at 585-243-7100.