An Arab Muslim student at Stanford University was injured in a hit-and-run traffic incident on Friday, which is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as a possible hate crime. The incident occurred at Campus Drive and Ayrshire Farm Lane, near several student residence buildings, shortly before 2 p.m. on Friday, according to advisories from Stanford’s Department of Public Safety.
The victim, a student, was struck by the driver of a black SUV. The student suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is currently receiving medical care. According to the victim’s statement to the police, the driver made eye contact and accelerated before hitting them. The student also reported that the driver yelled “f*** you and your people” before fleeing the scene.
The CHP, which investigates all campus traffic incidents, has initiated a hate crime investigation due to the circumstances surrounding the incident. The student described the driver as a white male in his mid-20s, with short dirty-blond hair, a short beard, and wearing round framed eyeglasses and a gray shirt at the time of the attack. The vehicle involved is described as a black Toyota 4Runner with California plates, model year 2015 or newer, featuring an exposed tire mounted to the rear center and a Toyota logo in the center of the wheel.
In response to the incident, Stanford University has deployed additional security to key locations on campus to ensure a safe and secure environment. The university administrators expressed their deep concern and condemned the violence, stating that hate-based violence is morally reprehensible. They also expressed their support for the injured student and all those affected by the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the CHP at 650-779-2700 or Stanford public safety at 650-329-2413.