Late to class

A hit-and-run was reported in the Merrimac Way Parking Lot on Sept. 12, according to John Farmer, chief of Campus Safety.

The victim, a female student with a silver four-door Hyundai, contacted Campus Safety at 3 p.m. She reported that she parked her vehicle at 10 a.m. and when she returned at 2 p.m. she observed the driver’s side of her vehicle damaged, Farmer said.  

According to Farmer, a horizontal paint scraping about 5 feet long, stretching from the driver’s side door to the rear, was the result of the incident.

She believed that the vehicle parked to the left of her caused the damage.  The other vehicle showed damage to the front passenger side, but she did not witness the incident.  

The license plate and parking permit of the other vehicle led authorities to a current OCC student.  Police spoke to the student at 4 p.m. and he admitted that his vehicle scraped the side of a vehicle while parking.

The student reported that he left the scene to go to his class.  He filed a statement at the Campus Safety office at 5 p.m.

Foul ball

A stray baseball smashed the windshield of a gray Volkswagen Jetta parked in the Fitness Center Parking Lot between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sept. 13, Farmer said.  

The victim, a female student, contacted authorities and informed them that she had parked her car at 1:30 p.m. and when she came back at 4 p.m. she found her car with a broken windshield.

According to Farmer, evidence concludes that a baseball traveled over the fence and into the lot during an OCC men’s baseball game.

The victim was informed to contact the Coast Community College District office for evaluation, Farmer said.

Loosening bolts

Campus Safety received a medical call from the metal shop of the Technology building at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Farmer said.

The victim, a male student, was loosening bolts on a compound and his right hand slipped.  He had a deep cut on the top of his right thumb.

Medical aid arrived and applied a sterile dressing to the cut.  The student did not want paramedics to come but he was informed to go to an urgent care and have it examined, Farmer said.

Speed bumps

Two men were involved in a non-injury traffic collision in the Adams Avenue Parking Lot at 11:50 a.m. on Friday, Farmer said.  

The victim, a male student, was driving over speed bumps on the east side of the lot when he was rear ended by a P.E. staff member driving a district cart, Farmer said.

According to Farmer, the damage resulted in scratches on the rear bumper of the student’s vehicle and a broken headlight on the cart.  No medical attention was needed.

The report will go to the district for the insurance companies to handle, Farmer said

Good karma

A witness note was found on the front windshield of a female student’s vehicle involved in a hit and run at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

The victim’s 2017 Hyundai Elantra was hit by what was identified as a blue Honda Accord.  The witness, a female student, provided a picture of the Honda’s license plate as well as her personal contact info, Farmer said.

The on-duty officer contacted the DMV and requested the registered owner, resulting in a failed match to any OCC student.  According to Farmer, the police department will conduct a follow up of the vehicle’s owner and the victim will have the option to press charges if desired.

Feeling uneasy

Campus Safety was notified of a female student who felt faint in the Math, Business and Computing Center room 209 on Sept. 12, Farmer said.

Authorities arrived at 3:20 p.m. and the student was conscious and stated that she felt faint.  

She was transported to the Student Health Center and entered the recovery room where she was attended to by the nursing staff, Farmer said.

Shoe craze

A student injury was reported in Writers Row room 114 at 11:40 a.m. on Friday, Farmer said.

Upon the arrival of Campus Safety, a female student was lying on the ground in the front of the classroom.  According to Farmer, she stood up from her chair and walked a few steps to the front of the classroom when she heard a cracking noise in her left ankle.

Campus Safety officials put an ice pack on her ankle but said there was no noticeable swelling or discoloration associated with the injury, Farmer said.

After several minutes of lying on the floor, the student stood up and walked back to her seat, needing no further assistance.  

The student stated that she had previous issues with the same ankle and that she shouldn’t be wearing pumps, Farmer said.

Tree down

Campus Safety officers responded to an injury traffic accident at the entrance of the Recycling Center on Adams Avenue the morning of Sept. 12, Farmer said.

An OCC student was involved in a collision while traveling east toward the entrance of the Adams Avenue Parking Lot.

According to Farmer, the student lost control of the car and jumped the curb, hitting an OCC metal sign and two palm trees.  A tree fell into the street as a result of the accident.

The wreck resulted in an estimated $5,000 worth of damage and the student was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, Farmer said.

— The Crime Blotter was compiled by Cheyenne McCarty from Campus Safety reports.

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