Lawrence Offering $2,500 Reward for Information on Student Hit-and-Run Accident

This still photo provided by the Appleton Police Dept. was taken from a video camera. It shows the person and the car she was driving police believe was involved in a hit-and-run accident that injured a Lawrence student the night of Oct. 9 in the College Ave. crosswalk in front of the Lawrence Chapel.

In an effort to help identify the driver of a hit-and-run accident involving a Lawrence University student, college officials, in conjunction with the Appleton Police Department, have announced a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person driving the vehicle.

“Lawrence is proud of its strong relationship with the Fox Cities and so we’re reaching out to the community asking for its help in bringing some resolution to this situation,” said Nancy Truesdell, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “This accident has been hard on Shannon, her family and friends. We hope someone will come forward to provide the assistance the police need to pursue appropriate action.”

Lawrence sophomore Shannon Grant sustained serious injuries, including a broken leg and a fractured pelvis, when she was stuck around 10 p.m. Oct. 9 while crossing the westbound lane of College Ave. in the crosswalk in front of the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. The crosswalk is equipped with automated flashing lights at the street level and imbedded in the pavement and both were working at the time of the accident.

Shannon Grant ’16

Based on video footage, Appleton police believe the vehicle is a late-model Chevrolet Impala, possibly silver or gray. The suspected driver, a woman wearing medical scrubs, was later found on surveillance video in a nearby parking lot getting out of the vehicle and inspecting the front of the car.

Lawrence and the Appleton Police Department are collaborating on a flyer depicting the suspect vehicle and driver. When completed, it will be distributed to businesses, hospitals and schools in the Fox Cities.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run accident is asked to contact Appleton police Sgt. Brian Leitzinger at 920-832-5541. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can text information to 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword APDTIPS at the start of the message.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.