Last Updated on October 2, 2023, 7:46 am
Five Sacred Heart University students and an Uber driver seriously injured in a crash.
Tyler Delk and Five people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash near Sacred Heart University (SHU), including five SHU students and an Uber driver, on early Friday. The Uber driver was driving four female students back to the campus when the car collided with another vehicle driven by a male student at the University. All six were seriously injured and were transferred to the hospital. Three were in critical condition, including a male SHU student named Tyler Delk.
According to the Fairfield police, the crash occurred five minutes after midnight on Friday. Fairfield Police Lt. Edward Nook said that the department’s officers responded to the scene and found a black 2018 Audi upside down on its roof and a 2021 white Toyota Corolla.
The Audi was driven by a male SHU student, Tyler Delk, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, and the Toyota was being driven by a male Uber driver, who was in his 40s and was carrying four female SHU students at the time of the crash.
According to the police, the Audi was traveling westbound on Jefferson Street when it came around a corner near the Martire building and crashed with the Toyota that was headed east.
The Fairfield Police Lt. Michael Paris said in an update at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the Uber driver and two students were in critical condition; one was in critical but stable condition, and the other two were in stable condition.
Police said on Friday that a male student and one female student were in critical condition. The Uber driver was listed as critical but stable on Friday. While the identity of the female student remains unknown, the male student has been identified as Tyler Delk. All students were around 18 years old.
An investigation is underway to learn more about the circumstances which led to the accident. The police said they would not “leave any stone unturned.”
The SHU president, John Petillo, and other officials met with families of the injured at the hospital and offered their sympathies.
Gary McNamaram, the Executive Director of Public Safety of Sacred Heart University, spoke during a press conference at Fairfield Police Department on September 29, 2023, and said,
“We will get through this, all of us will through this together, but it certainly gonna take some time.”
SHU spokesperson Debora Noack told the media that a moment of reflection was held before the women’s hockey game on Friday Night, and another moment of reflection was observed before the Pioneers’ football game on Saturday afternoon. The University has provided emotional counseling for grieving students and staff.
Nichole Nicholls has set up a GoFundMe page to help the family of Tyler Delk cover the cost of medical bills and healing. He is in critical condition in the ICU and is in a medically induced coma. The goal has been set at 25,000 dollars. Over 23,000 dollars have been raised in less than 14 hours.
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