CCU forming 544 Safety Committee in wake of student pedestrian's death

CCU forming 544 Safety Committee in wake of student pedestrian's death

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A Coastal Carolina University safety committee is being formed by President David DeCenzo to address safety issues along S.C. 544 and make the campus more pedestrian-friendly, according to Mona Prufer, CCU media coordinator.

The announcement of this committee comes days after CCU student Ryan Bielawa, 19, of Averill Park, NY, died after being struck by a car while crossing S.C. 544 near the Monarch Apartments.

Edward L. Washington, the driver, was charged with felony DUI resulting in death and driving under suspension in connection with the Oct. 29 crash.

"In response to the tragic death of a CCU student pedestrian on Highway 544 this past weekend, President David A. DeCenzo is creating a 544 Safety Committee to research opportunities and evaluate all options for continuing to improve student and pedestrian safety in this area of the campus community," according to a CCU statement.

Information from CCU states university administration began conversations four years ago with both county and state officials to address concerns regarding student pedestrian traffic across S.C. 544.

Those concerns started in the wake of more private- and university-owned residential facilities being constructed along S.C. 544.

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