Sophomore Julia Blackburn was on the way to her 9:30 a.m. class when a 1997 Jeep driven by Chapel Hill resident Joel Kilby ran into her, said Maj. Jeff McCracken, deputy director of the Department of Public Safety.
This is the second accident to involve a pedestrian or cyclist colliding with a vehicle since the DPS instituted a traffic safety awareness campaign two weeks ago.
McCracken said Blackburn was within one or two feet of the crosswalk, giving her the right of way crossing the road.
"I left a little early because I wanted to get my cheese danish," Blackburn said. "It was a little before 9 a.m."
McCracken said Kilby apparently saw Blackburn, slammed on his brakes and skidded several feet before striking her.
"He hit me first on my hip and pushed me a bit," Blackburn said. "I don't remember falling, but I ended up on the ground.
"All the people around me were like, `Don't move, don't move!'"
Blackburn said she laid on the pavement for about ten minutes. After emergency workers checked her back, neck and legs, she was allowed to sit up.
Blackburn was taken in an ambulance to Student Health Service, where she was treated for minor cuts and bruises, McCracken said. He estimated the car was going about 10 miles per hour at the time of the accident.