FSU student dies after being hit on West Tennessee Street

Published: Jan. 30, 2020 at 9:07 AM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

January 30, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Florida State University confirms the 19 year old hit by a car and killed Thursday morning along West Tennessee Street was a student.

TPD has identified the pedestrian as 19-year-old Natalie Nickchen.

“The entire Florida State University family is deeply saddened by the loss," President John Thrasher said in a statement. "Any time we lose a young person at the beginning of a lifetime of promise, it is heartbreaking and profound. Our prayers are with Natalie’s family and friends."

Authorities say an investigation concluded a driver ran the red light at a pedestrian cross walk in the 1000 block of West Tennessee and struck Nickchen, who was in the crosswalk.

Officials say the driver will not be criminally charged and will be issued the "appropriate citations."

In his statement, President Thrasher encouraged those struggling with the loss to reach out for assistance.

The university says its Counseling Center can be reached at 644-TALK. Students also can walk in to Counseling anytime between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. M-F without calling.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

January 30, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating a crash involving a pedestrian struck on West Tennessee Street in the 1000 block.

The pedestrian had life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Traffic Homicide Investigators were on the scene and looking in to the matter.

Traffic was backed up eastbound on Tennessee Street, but as of noon Thrusday, the scene was cleared.

TPD is asking anyone that may have seen the crash to please call 850-891-4200. They may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

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