Authorities in State College have filed charges against a 20-year-old man in the death of a Penn State student following a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash earlier this week.
Police say Ahmed Alqubaisi, an international student at the university, is accused of intentionally turning onto the sidewalk, along East Park Ave., and striking a fellow international student on Tuesday night.
Investigators say the victim, identified as 25-year-old Lovisa Arnesson-Cronhamre, was out jogging at the time of the incident and suffered severe injuries in the crash.
Authorities say she was transported to multiple hospitals for treatment of a brain bleed, a broke neck and several other broken bones, but later passed away from her injuries.
According to the affidavit, Alqubaisi was reportedly traveling westbound on East Park Avenue at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash.
Police say witnesses told investigators that Alqubaisi reportedly made a sharp left turn onto the sidewalk and struck the victim, as well as a water standpipe and a light pole.
Authorities noted that nearby surveillance video corroborated the witnesses’ statements.
Police also noted that Alqubaisi does not possess a valid driver’s license, only a 4-year learner’s permit.
Authorities add that Alqubaisi was suspended by the university and due to him being a native of the United Arab Emirates, investigators are concerned that he will not return to Pennsylvania.
According to online court records, Alqubaisi faces several charges including homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.
He is being held at the Centre County Prison and his bail was denied, as he is considered a flight risk.