Kent State University student killed in hit-and-run accident while riding scooter, authorities say


CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Kent State University student died in a hit-and-run accident while riding a scooter in Franklin Township, State Highway Patrol said.

Colin Vinh Pho, 22, of Kent, died in the incident which happened around 9.30pm Monday at the Summit Street intersection near Ohio 261, the Highway Patrol said.

Pho, who was on an electric scooter, was traveling east on Summit Street when he was struck from behind by a vehicle, the Highway Patrol said.

The vehicle continued east and did not stop at the scene.

Kent firefighters took Pho to Portage University Hospitals Medical Center for treatment, where he was later flown by helicopter to Cleveland University Hospitals main campus. He was later pronounced dead, the highway patrol said.

No arrests have been made and the accident is still under investigation.

The hit-and-run vehicle may be a 2006-2010 white, silver or light-colored Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum or Chrysler 300 model that is missing the driver’s side mirror, the highway patrol said.

The vehicle may have damage to the front left area and its windshield.

The Kent State University community is “deeply saddened” by Pho’s death, according to a statement from the university.

The school said Pho was a computer science junior with a concentration in game programming. He earned his associate of science degree from Kent State in May and enrolled in fall classes to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“The Kent State community sends its thoughts and prayers to Colin’s family, friends and all who knew and loved him,” the university statement read.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Ravenna Highway Patrol Station at 330-297-1441.


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