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Driver cited for hitting CFCC student crossing street


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A driver has been charged after police say he hit a CFCC student making her way to class this morning.

It happened around 9 a.m., when a student in her fifth semester at the school was walking on Front Street in Downtown Wilmington, and began walking across Walnut Street.

When WWAY got to the scene, the student who was hit, Petra Costa, was sitting near the intersection where she was hit talking to CFCC staff about her condition.

Costa says she thinks the car that her her was likely going faster than the 25 mph speed limit that is posted on a sign just a few feet from the intersection.

Police cited Richard Ryan Tapia for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a clearly marked crosswalk. Investigators say Tapia hit Costa as he made a left turn.

At the scene, Costa said the car hit her directly in the hip, sending her to the ground where she hit her head. She initially refused to go to the hospital. CFCC staff says Costa was taken to the hospital around 11 a.m. to be checked out. No word on her condition.

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