MSU Student Killed Crossing Road Near Campus

By: Tony Tagliavia
By: Tony Tagliavia

A Michigan State student is dead after she was struck by a car in Meridian Township. 19-year-old Danielle Brandt, of South Broadman, Mich., near Traverse City, was killed when she tried to cross Mount Hope Road near Farm Lane.

The accident isn't the only one to take place in a rural area south of the MSU campus.

The accident happened around 10:20 p.m. Friday night just a few hundred feet from an MSU commuter lot.

A sidewalk leads from the lot up to the intersection, but there are no crosswalks or pedestrian signals 'at' the intersection. There's only a regular stoplight.

The car that struck Brandt was travelling westbound on Mount Hope -- the speed limit for that stretch is 45 miles an hour.

Serious crashes have occured near the site of Friday's accident.

Last April, a man was killed when he struck a tree at Pavilion Drive and Forest Road. There was another accident at Forest and Collins Roads last February.

In 2003, two were killed in an accident at Pavilion and College Road.

All the crashes were all in a rural area just south of the campus.

Officials with Meridian Township tell us that decisions about safety issues in that area -- issues like crosswalks, sidewalks and pedestrian signals -- would be handled by the Ingham County Road Commission.

That office is closed Saturdays and our call was not returned.

-- in Meridian Township, Tony Tagliavia, News 10.

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