Collision Serving as Safety Reminder for Runners

By Ali Ingersoll

Published 07/03 2014 11:35PM

Updated 07/03 2014 11:55PM

State College Police say 18-year-old Eva O'Brian was struck by a red Ford F-250 while jogging Thursday morning.

Runners around the area say they're surprised incidents like this don't happen more often especially at the intersection where O'Brian was struck.

"You really do have to be careful because people do go fast," says Jeanne Farinelli, a State College pedestrian.

"It's not a very safe intersection at all," says Jay Goldman, a runner and employee at Rapid Transit.

"Most of the time I try to avoid this area," says Aric Sponsler, a State College runner.

Pedestrians say this collision reminds them to use safety while walking or running around busy intersections in the area.

One of the main safety concerns is runners wearing earbuds. 

"Every running magazine tell you not to wear earbuds in busy places," says Sponsler.

State College Police say O'brian was wearing them at the time of the crash.

"You can't hear anything," says Sponsler.

Some runners are against wearing them.

"When I'm running, I don't wear headphones," says Zarinelli, who recalls having a friend who was hit by a car because he didn't hear it with his music playing.

"You have to be careful about what's going on in your environment," says Goldman. "Don't listen to music.  You have to listen to what's going on."

Others, like Zarninelli's husband, say you have to use your common sense.

"If you keep your wits about you and pull your earbud out when you're crossing a busy street, that could help," says Don Zarinelli.

All the pedestrians say you have to be aware of your surroundings at all times. 

"It only takes one incident and you could be gone," says Goldman.

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