UPDATE: UOIT student killed in accident near campus

Durham Regional Police Constable George Tudos addresses the media following an accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian at the intersection of Simcoe Street and Conlin Road around 3 p.m. Photo credit: Morgan Kelly

A student from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology was killed in an accident at the intersection of Conlin Road and Simcoe Street in Oshawa around 3 p.m. today.

An email sent to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) community confirmed the deceased was an UOIT student.

“The thoughts of our campus community are with those affected by this tragedy,” said the email from UOIT president Dr. Steven Murphy.

Durham Regional Police Const. George Tudos says the name of the victim will not be released until next of kin are notified.

“We are working on a notification, so we are not releasing too much information,” Const. Tudos told reporters at the scene. “I believe it was a male party from what I was told, we still have to confirm those details.”

An eyewitness told the Chronicle the car that struck the pedestrian was southbound on Simcoe Street when the accident happened.

“Looks like they (the pedestrian) were walking with somebody,” said Nick Ferrier, a UOIT student who was driving westbound on Conlin near Simcoe as the accident happened. “I looked across the intersection and stuff was flying everywhere.”

The email from UOIT informed the university community that counselling services are available to assist students, faculty and staff through the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454 or through Student Mental Health Services at 905-721-3392 or at studentlifeline@uoit.ca

Members of the Durham College community can also call the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454 or Aspiria at 1-877-234-5327 to access counselling services.