GPD investigating Saturday evening death of a UF student hit by a car on University Ave.

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

On January 16, 2021, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officers responded to a two-vehicle accident at the 1700 block of West University Avenue. Subsequent investigation revealed a Honda Civic traveling eastbound on West University Avenue and a Honda Accord traveling westbound on West University Avenue, which was attempting to turn south onto NW 17th Street, collided. The Honda Civic then skid sideways, striking a pole and 5 pedestrians. The pedestrians, University of Florida students, along with the driver of the Honda Civic, were transported to local hospitals. Later that evening, one of the pedestrians, Sophia Lambert, a 19-year-old UF student from Miami, passed away due to injuries sustained in the crash.

This incident remains an ongoing investigation to determine the contributing factors that led to the accident. GPD extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sophia Lambert, who died last evening.