University of Florida student killed in hit and run, GPD looking for suspect

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Published: Dec. 10, 2020 at 12:29 PM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Gainesville Police has confirmed the identity of the University of Florida student killed in a hit and run incident on Wednesday night.

Margaret Paxton of Jacksonville was struck as she crossed the road on 2000 West University Avenue.

GPD is still investigating the incident.

GPD Public Information Officer Graham Glover urged drivers and pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings.

“We have in certain parts of this town very densely populated areas where folks are walking and riding their bikes,” Graham said. “All of us need to do a better job of being aware of our surroundings and ensuring that everybody can use the roadways appropriately, safely, and in a way where something like this doesn’t happen.”

WCJB will have more on this story as we continue to follow the latest developments.

A University of Florida student was killed after a hit and run accident.

According to Gainesville Police, the student was crossing the street at 2000 West University Avenue when the victim was struck by a car traveling westbound. Police say EMS arrived on the scene and pronounced the victim deceased.

Investigators say the vehicle was a possible BMW sedan and was last seen traveling northbound on NW 20th Drive.

University of Florida police were also on the scene. GPD is still investigating the case.

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