UConn Graduate Student Struck, Killed in Mansfield Near School's Campus

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A UConn graduate student has died after he was struck by a vehicle while walking in a crosswalk in Mansfield near the school's campus on Tuesday evening.

State police said a vehicle was traveling westbound on South Eagleville Road near the intersection of Eastwood Road around 5 p.m. when it collided with a pedestrian who was walking in the crosswalk.

The pedestrian, who has been identified by state police as 28-year-old Nhuong Nguyen, of Mansfield, was transported to the hospital and later died of his injuries, according to investigators.

According to UConn Police, Nguyen was a graduate student at UConn. UConn confirmed Nguyen was a Ph.D. student studying computer science and engineering at the UConn School of Engineering.

Police say a person was seriously hurt when they were hit by a car in Mansfield Tuesday.

"We send our sincere condolences to all who have been affected by this tragic incident and join Nhuong’s family and friends in grieving his passing," said Stephanie Reitz, a UConn spokesperson.

Reitz called Nguyen a "talented researcher."

The driver of the vehicle was also transported to the hospital with suspected minor injuries.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Troop C at (860) 896-3200 ext. 8029.

The school said it has reached out to Nguyen's family in Vietnam and is offering support to his friend, classmates and colleagues at UConn.

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