A student from Temple University was shot and killed by police in Miami Beach after the car she was driving struck an officer in what appeared to be an attempt to flee the scene of an accident. The subject is identified to be 22-year-old Cariann Hithon.
“We are saddened to just be learning of the death of Cariann Hithon, a transfer student majoring in political science,” said Temple spokesman Brandon Lausch in an email to Philly.com on Monday night. “As we gather more information and assess our community’s needs for support, we send our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.
Hithon, of Bowie, Md., was driving a black BMW with a male passenger on Sunday when she struck two vehicles, according to the Miami Herald. Her vehicle then ran a red light and crashed into a vehicle driven by a retired homicide detective.
As a crowd gathered around the crashed BMW, the vehicle sped forward and struck an officer. Another officer then fired three shots into the vehicle, and it came to a stop down the street. Hithon was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
An eyewitness captured video of the incident as it played out