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U. patrol car hits woman in a campus crosswalk

A University of Utah police officer on patrol struck and seriously injured a woman pedestrian Tuesday night.

It's the second time in the past five months that a campus police car has hit a pedestrian.Viola Landfair, 58, was walking south in a crosswalk on South Campus Drive near the Huntsman Center about 9 p.m. Tuesday. In-vesti-gators believe the police car was heading east when it hit the woman, said Salt Lake police Sgt. Chris Larsen.

Landfair, a student at the U., was listed in critical condition at University Hospital Wednesday morning.

The name of the patrol officer was not released Tuesday night. Since the incident involved a campus officer, U. police have turned the investigation over to the Salt Lake Police Department. Larsen wasn't sure whether the officer was responding to a 911 call when the accident occurred.

On May 3, a police car driven by officer Mikal Wersland struck and killed Samuel Storey, 33, about three blocks away on the same stretch of road. Salt Lake County prosecutors found no wrongdoing on the part of Wersland so he wasn't charged. He was heading to a noise disturbance. Witnesses said Storey, who came to Salt Lake from Phoenix to attend a concert, darted out into the road in front of the police car.