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Indiana University Student Dies After Accident Involving Vehicle

An Indiana University third year law student was killed by a vehicle Saturday night, according to statement posted on the Indiana University Mauer School of Law Facebook page post Sunday evening.

“She was part of the joint degree program with Jindal University in Sonipat, Haryana, India,” said IU spokesperson Chuck Carney, who confirmed an IU student has died. Carney said the IU Dean of Students had been working to get the student’s parents to Bloomington since Saturday night.

“It is with great sadness that I write with tragic news. I have been told that earlier this evening 3L Purva Sethi was struck and killed by a vehicle in downtown Bloomington,” said Austen Parrish, Dean and James H. Rudy Professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

“We are heartbroken by this tragic event. We are sorry to have to impart it by e-mail, but Purva was beloved by our community, and we wanted to get the word out as quickly as possible,” said Parrish.

Indiana University is offering counseling to students, according to Parrish.

Saturday night just before 6:34 p.m. the Bloomingtonian was at the scene of an accident involving a pedestrian struck by a vehicle near the area of 250 S. Washington Street. The BPD closed the west bound lanes of E. Third Street west of S. Washington Street to conduct an investigation. The Bloomington was unable to determine the extent of the person’s injuries, or if the accident is related to the death of the IU student.

The Bloomingtonian sought information about Saturday night’s accident during the daily press briefing at the police station Sunday, but no information was immediately available. The Bloomingtonian was told the police department will be releasing more information at a later time.

This story will be updated.

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