Joe Podelco / Photo editor
An SUV ran over an Ohio State student’s foot on Neil Drive Wednesday evening.
The driver was heading west on Neil Drive to pick up a friend working in Lazenby Hall when Layla Jama, a fourth-year in sociology, had her right foot run over by the vehicle’s rear driver’s side tire.
Jama was leaving class in nearby Campbell Hall and walking northwest across Neil Drive with Ayan Ahmed, a third-year in sociology, when the incident happened. Jama said she was talking to her friend and was not expecting a car to be on the road.
The driver, an OSU social work graduate who refused to give her name, said she was going less than 5 mph when the car struck Jama’s leg and foot. The driver said that though remorseful, she feels that she is not fully to blame in the situation.
“I wanted to make sure she was OK but I’m feeling a little manipulated,” the driver said.
Shortly after the incident, a medical crew arrived on the scene and offered Jama medical assistance at the OSU hospital, which she declined.
“I’m just going to go to the hospital later,” Jama said as she held an ice pack to her swollen foot.
Jama said she could still move her toes and did not think the
foot was broken.
The officer, Marge Rizalvo, did not give any citations on the scene and there is currently no filed police report to determine if anyone was at fault.