Volume 92, Issue 22

Wednesday, October 14, 1998

in living colour


Charges imminent in hit and run

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

Police are still investigating the hit and run incident which occurred Oct. 2 outside J.W. Little Stadium and believe they are close to laying charges.

"We are actively investigating the case," said Insp. Bob Earle of the University Police Department. Earle said the police are still interviewing people, but believed they are close to reaching the end of the investigation.

Although Earle could not comment on any prime suspects, he said the UPD have been working alongside the hit and run unit of the London police and have conducted a number of interviews with people who were around the scene of the crime.

Despite some minor health problems, Ian Monroe, the first-year engineering student who suffered a broken leg as he was hit by the vehicle, said his leg is healing well and he hopes to be in a walking brace within the next four weeks.

Monroe also said he does not hold a grudge against the driver of the vehicle, but hopes the investigation will end soon. "I'm not really that angry. I just want this guy to get the message that you don't run people over with cars."

According to Monroe, both he and the police concur the person or people driving the car just wanted to make sure the football field remained untouched. "I believe it was someone who just didn't want us to paint the field – who that was, I won't say."

"[The incident] concerned me and all of us at the university," said Greg Moran, VP-academic at Western. "I think Homecoming is a successful event that we are justifiably proud of."

According to Moran, no changes to Homecoming have been planned as a result of the Oct. 2 incident, although the outcome of the investigation may change this decision.

"I hope this is an isolated incident – as far as I know, the investigation is going well and I am confident it will have a conclusion," Moran said.

Monroe said he has not been threatened by anyone and is not afraid of any further retaliation because of the strong support being given to him by the faculty of engineering. "The entire faculty is behind me all the way," he said.

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