On Sunday, Nov. 23, sophomore Allyson Hogan was involved in a serious accident. Shortly after leaving an off-campus party, the student was struck by an automobile on Mount Hope Avenue. She is currently being treated at Strong Memorial Hospital and is in guarded condition.
Hogan and her friends were attending a party hosted by a UR soccer player. Shortly before 1 a.m., Hogan and her friends left the party to catch a bus heading back to River Campus. When half of the group reached the other side of the street, Hogan crossed the street to catch up with her friends. While crossing, she was struck by an automobile and thrown across two lanes of traffic.
The driver of the automobile, Jonathan Araud, immediately contacted 911. Hogan was rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital, suffering from severe head, neck and spinal injuries. A doctor also noted that Hogan’s blood alcohol level was 0.229 when she was admitted into the hospital. The incident is still under investigation. Another part of the complaint was that 20-year-old Araud, a Rochester local, had a learner’s permit, but did not have a license to drive. Araud was issued a ticket by the Rochester Police Department.
According to the Democratic and Chronicle, member of the UR soccer team and junior Michael Peacock is being charged for hosting the party in which alcohol was served to Hogan and at least one other underage drinker. The allegation charges the student with unlawfully dealing with a minor. The charge is a class E felony, which is punishable by up to one and a third to four years in prison.
The head coach of the men’s soccer team, Chris Apple, expressed his deepest concerns for Hogan and her family. ‘My heart goes out to her and her family, and we are all hopeful she has a full recovery from the accident,” Apple said.
Since the accident, UR faculty has been keeping close contact with Hogan’s family and friends. In an e-mail issued to the UR community, Dean of College Richard Feldman reminded students that help is available at the University Counseling Center, the Interfaith Chapel, the Dean of Students Office, University Security and the Employee Assistance Program.
Also in the e-mail, UR President Joel Seligman issued a statement to the UR community. ‘Our hearts go out to Allyson, her parents and family, as well as her friends. Many at the University are working to support her and her family in these difficult hours.” Seligman said.
In the Nov. 30 edition of the Weekly Buzz, the University provided updates on Hogan’s condition. Though Hogan is still in guarded condition, Dean of Students Matthew Burns said that there are reasons for hope.
‘While Allyson has a long road ahead, she is getting the best care and her family is by her side,” Burns said in the e-mail.
The e-mail also provided information for students and faculty who wish to send Hogan and her family get well cards.
Cards for Allyson and her family can be dropped off or sent to the Dean of Students Office to the attention of Dawn Bruner, director of parent relations.
Nathaniel is a member of the class of 2011.