On Sunday, March 7, one of The University of Tampa’s own students, Emily Walker, passed away in a fatal motorcycle accident.
The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of W Cass St and Spartan Lane, located near the Cass Annex Building on campus.
Walker, along with another passenger on the motorcycle, were turning out of UT’s campus when the collision occurred with an oncoming car. While details about the crash are still being investigated at this time, the other passengers in the accident survived the crash.
Walker, a sophomore from Sea Girt, New Jersey, studied film and video production at UT. For those who had the pleasure of meeting her, Walker was always a friendly face.
Latifa Zain, a UT student, reminisced on her time spent with Walker, “Although, I only had brief meetings with her,” she said. “She was unbelievably sweet and probably one of the politest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Her smile was very infectious, and she was just full of joy.”
In light of the accident, UT’s dean of students’ office sent out an alert about Walker’s passing with a message of condolence and privacy for her family and friends on Monday, March 8. This alert was followed by a global email that urged students and faculty to exercise “increased awareness in relation to vehicular traffic” on Friday, March 12.
“Please be vigilant, and use all safety options available such as crosswalks, seat belts, and helmets, when appropriate,” said the email from dean of students’, Stephanie Krebbs. “A defensive posture is a safer one as traffic and vehicular behavior can be unpredictable and unanticipated.”
Students who need additional support are encouraged to contact UT’s Counseling Center at (813) 253-6250, or UT’s Wellness Center at (813) 257-1877.