UT Student Perishes after Motorcycle Accident

A University of Tampa student was rushed to the hospital yesterday after being involved in a motorcycle accident. He has died from his injuries.

Cadet Victor Strizzi, 22, a UT sophomore and a member of ROTC,’ suffered serious internal injuries’ from the’ motorcycle crash. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where friends and family later gathered.

Early’ this afternoon, Strizzi’ underwent surgery while suffering from internal bleeding, according to Robert E. Proctor, Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry and UT ROTC Army professor of military science and leadership. After extensive surgery, doctors were unable to save the young cadet.

Andrea Davis, a Tampa Police spokesperson said the collision happened just after 1 p.m.’ Police began diverting traffic shortly after.’

According to the initial report, the accident happened on Bayshore Boulevard when a’ vehicle failed to adhere to stop and subsequently hit the motorcycle while Strizzi was making a left turn.

Strizzi had previously served at U.S. Army bases in Germany and skipped his freshman year at UT by using credits from previous classes. He enrolled in the fall of 2008 and purchased his motorcycle in September.

Strizzi’s grandmother lives in St. Petersburg, and his parents rushed to Tampa.

A vigil will be held Wednesday at 10 p.m. near Austin Hall. The vigil is being organized for residents and neighbors of Strizzi that lived on the same floor.

Student Government is currently planning a campus-wide vigil service for later in the week. Check back with http://www.theminaretonline.com for updates, times and location for the SG sponsored vigil for Victor Strizzi.

Just more than a year, another UT student, Nick Kopplin, was killed in a motorcycle accident on I-275 in St. Petersburg.

Share your memories and thoughts about Victor Strizzi by using the comment box below or by e-mailing ut.minaret@gmail.com.

Cristobal Gomez contributed to this article.

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