University of Louisville student dies in vehicular accident

By on August 28, 2012

By Rae Hodge–

U of L junior Jordan Murphy, 20, was struck by a vehicle while walking on the interstate and died early Saturday morning. Police responded to the scene at 1:30 a.m.

Murphy, a business major, was struck by a Mercedes while walking on an on ramp to I-65 and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police spokesperson, Alicia Smiley, said that it was unclear as to why Murphy was walking onto the interstate. However, unverified student sources have said that Murphy had attended a party that night and refused rides home.

The Kappa Zeta chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, sponsor of The Fourth Annual Trash Bash, has a history of providing safe transportation options for attendees, including busing and ride-share programs.

“Pi Kappa Alpha takes safety seriously. Free bus transportation was provided to and from campus for our guests,” said fraternity president David Osborne in an e-mail to The Louisville Cardinal, “Guests were carded and wrist banded, and LMPD officers were hired as security for the event.”

This is the second vehicular incident this week in connection with U of L. On Monday, a man was hit by a car on Brook Street and attempted to flee the scene but was arrested after charging a police vehicle.

“We are deeply saddened by Jordan’s death,” said Osborne, “While he was no longer a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, many of us were still friends with him and cared about him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Charges will not be brought against the driver.

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