Volume 94, Issue 7


Student killed in accident

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J.W. Little struck by ENG 04 graffiti

Name on time, but field a little late

Students bring the big bucks to town

All's quiet on the Western front

Just when you thought you could have safe sex


CUPE taking on Harris' Tories

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Planet Me

Student killed in accident

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

An 18-year-old first-year Western student was fatally struck by a car Saturday night, marking a sombre end to the school's Orientation Week activities.

Michelle Leslie Outerbridge, an international student from Bermuda was crossing the street in front of the Essex Hall residence on Western Road when she was hit by a car driving southbound, said Const. Ryan Holland, media relations officer for the London Police.

Holland said Outerbridge was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Jeffrey Pitcher, a first-year student in Essex Hall, said he arrived on the scene shortly after the accident and attempted to perform first aid on Outerbridge.

"I sprinted out there and asked people if there was a pulse and they said there was, so I sprinted back inside to get a first aid kit," he said.

Pitcher said he tried to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on Outerbridge after determining her pulse had stopped. "We started first aid and then the firefighters took over," he said.

"I'm shocked, I keep thinking I could have done more," he added.

Holland said alcohol was not present in the blood of the driver or Outerbridge. No charges have been or are expected to be laid in connection with the accident.

Susan Grindrod, senior director of housing and ancillary services, expressed her condolences for the Outerbridge family and said residence staff and the Student Development Centre will continue to offer support to students upset by the tragedy.

"We've met with all the students and sophs and will continue to offer our support," she said. "In conjunction with the family, we'll try to put together a memorial service."

"[The accident] shows you we're not insulated from the world," she added.

University Students' Council president Dave Braun, said it was a tragic event. "Our condolences go out to the family. It's a sad day for Western."

Jonathon Darrell, a first year engineering student who came with Outerbridge from Bermuda to attend Western, said he had fond memories of his friend of four years.

"She was always really nice," he said. "She would always say 'hi' when she saw you or give you a hug. She had a lot of friends."

Darrell said Outerbridge had been on her way to an O-Week event when she was struck by the car.

He added he had taught swimming with Outerbridge as she had been a lifeguard in Bermuda. He also said she was known for doing very well in school and being a "well-rounded" person.

Darrell said he has received many e-mails from other Bermuda-born students studying in Canada, asking for information about Outerbridge.

"Everybody is in the dark," he said. "Everyone back home is taking it very hard." He added residence staff has been very helpful in assisting students troubled by the accident.

Darrell said he thinks a memorial service for her friends in Canada and family in Bermuda may be planned around Christmas time.

Brian Graham, funeral director at the Bulley-Graham Funeral Home in Bermuda, the funeral home handling the services for Outerbridge, said Outerbridge's body will be brought back to Bermuda tomorrow and her school, Saltes Grammar School, is establishing a memorial fund in her name.

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