American University student struck by car

Freshman Kenneth Clarke is in critical condition

American University student struck by car

An American University student was struck by a car Tuesday night and is in critical condition.

Kenneth Clarke was hit at 10:26 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Western Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue NW, near the Friendship Heights Metro station, D.C. Fire and EMS told The Eagle Friday afternoon. Clarke is a freshman at American University, Fanta Aw, vice president of campus life, said.

Clarke is in critical condition, Aw said. His injuries are severe and life threatening, James Clarke, his father, wrote in a Facebook post late Thursday night.

“Please keep praying,” James Clarke wrote.

Clarke’s parents are pastors in the United Methodist Church, Mark Schaefer, University chaplain, said. He is a member of a campus group for children of Methodist clergy, Schaefer said.

A GoFundMe page is available to contribute to Clarke’s medical expenses. It had raised nearly $10,000 as of Friday afternoon. There will also be a prayer service inside Kay Spiritual Life Center Monday night at 10 p.m., Schaefer said.

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