Student dies in bicycle accident

(Originally posted on The Sojourn’s website on August 29, 2016)

An Indiana Wesleyan University student was pronounced dead Monday, Aug. 29, at 11:03 a.m. at a Fort Wayne area hospital, according to Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey of the Marion Police Department.

Vincent Kurtz, 21, collided with a vehicle while riding his bike at 10th Street and Valley Avenue shortly before 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dorsey said. A Marion resident driving a Toyota Prius was heading eastbound on 10th Street at the time of the accident.

According to Dorsey, the driver tried to stop but collided with Kurtz, and immediately went to aid him.

“The driver was very cooperative,” Dorsey said. “He tested 0 on a portable breath test (for alcohol) and allowed police to test his vehicle (to determine how fast he was driving).”

Dorsey said MPD is currently conducting those tests.

Kurtz was transported to Marion General Hospital where he was later life lined to a Fort Wayne area hospital.

Dr. Nathan Herring, executive director of Center for Student Success, and his team will offer counseling for Indiana Wesleyan students, according to Dr. Keith Newman, CEO of Residential Education.

“What we want our community to know if that we love our students and our IWU family,” Newman said. “We are trying to make sure we offer as much care for not only Vinny’s family but for his friends on campus.”

The investigation is still ongoing.



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