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Colorado State student seriously injured in pedestrian collision

Mark Brannock, a senior political science major at CSU, was taken to the Medical Center of the Rockies with serious injuries Saturday night after being struck by a 2004 Chevy Blazer at the intersection of Laurel Street and Whitcomb Street.

According to a press release from Fort Collins Police Services, the driver of the Blazer, sophomore health and exercise science major Kaitlind Bestgen, struck Brannock as he was jaywalking North to South on the West side of the intersection.

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Police believe Brannock may have been under the influence of alcohol when he was struck, according to the news release, and the intersection was closed for 4.5 hours while police processed the scene.

Police do not believe Bestgen, a red shirt freshman volleyball player at CSU, was excessively speeding or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Nick Hallisey, assistant director of media relations for the CSU athletic department, said the team has been informed of the situation but is holding off on further comment.

“We’re all aware of the situation,” Hallisey said. “We’re glad Kaitlind’s alright, and our thoughts are with Mark.”

Brannock has managed social media at Fat Shack Fort Collins since Aug. 2011, according to his Facebook page.

Willy Rice, 24, general manager of Fat Shack, said he talked to Brannock Sunday afternoon, but doesn’t know his current status.

“He’s still in the hospital,” said Rice. “All of us here are hoping for his recovery.”

Charges are pending as the investigation continues, according to the press release.

FCPD urges anyone with information, who has not already given a statement to officers, to contact Officer Drew Jurkofsky at (970)221-6555.

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