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Report: Parent of Ohio State student struck, killed by car in University District

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The parent of an Ohio State student died after being hit by a car Tuesday morning, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

According to the Dispatch report, Chittaranjan Pal, 64, of Barrackpore, India, was struck at the intersection of King and Belmont avenues. He was taken to the Wexner Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 10 a.m., more than two hours later.

A Columbus Division of Police officer told The Dispatch that Pal was in Columbus visiting his daughter, an OSU student.

OSU was not able to independently confirm a relation between Pal and a student as of Wednesday evening, but a spokesman offered the following condolences:

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Pal and our sincerest condolences and warmest thoughts go to his family, including of course his daughter who is an important part of our university community.”

Corene Haughton, 19, was reported as the driver.

Pal was in the crosswalk at the intersection, which has a traffic light, police told The Dispatch. It was not clear if the light was red or green at the time of the accident.

As of Tuesday, the investigation was still underway and no charges had been filed.

A police report was not available as of Wednesday afternoon.

Update, 7:26 p.m.: This story was updated with a comment from Ohio State.

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