Group says walker hit by car shows need for safety work near MSU

Mississippi State Starkville campus (Photo Source: WTOK-TV)
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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- A pedestrian advocacy group again seeks safety improvements after a Mississippi State University student was struck Saturday night.

Police arrested 22-year-old Jaleen Jenkins on DUI and other charges and have jailed him on $50,000 bond. Emily Case, a freshman political science major from Virginia, is recovering at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Starkville in Motion President David Harned tells the Commercial Dispatch that the collision again shows the need for work along Blackjack and Oktoc roads. The area, on the southeast side of the university campus, has developed rapidly with student apartments, putting more walkers and cyclists on roads now choked with traffic.

Oktibbeha County had proposed taxing area properties to make improvements in 2014, but never moved forward. Students say the road needs a crosswalk.