Correction: A previous version of this story referred to the Cornell Daily Sun reporter as Sophia Hu. Her name is Sofia Hu.

Ithaca, N.Y. — No charges are expected to be filed against the driver who fatally crashed into a Cornell student in the early morning hours on Route 96 on Saturday, according to Senior Investigator Jody Coombes of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office.

Oluchukwu Onuora, 23, died after being hit by a car while walking on the road just outside of Ithaca around 3:57 a.m. After the accident, the driver stopped and called 911, according to Coombes.

“It does not appear to be alcohol-related,” Coombes said Monday morning of the crash. Authorities say that speeding has also been ruled out as a factor.

“It appears the deceased was walking in the roadway,” Coombes said.

The senior investigator didn’t say why Onuora was in the roadway. The crash occurred on Route 96 near the Candlewyck Park Apartments, according to Coombes.

A second, unrelated fatal accident occurred on Monday.


The Cornell Daily Sun published a story today with tributes to Onuora, an applied economics and management major:

“He was a ball of light in everyone’s life,” said Jordan Harrison ’15, who was in the same major as Onuora. “Olu was one of those people when anyone was visibly having a bad day, he would make a valiant effort to smile at you and to pick you up when you were down.” …

“He was one of the kindest and brightest souls that we had … His strength and patience and hard work will carry on with us.”

You can read Sofia Hu’s story about Onuora’s life here.

Second traffic fatality

In a separate accident, police are now investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Cornell’s campus Monday morning.

A university spokesperson said around 9 a.m. that they don’t know if the victim was affiliated with Cornell.

See here for more on the second accident.


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