DAYTON — The University of Dayton announced early Monday morning that a recent graduate was killed hours after graduation on Sunday.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identified the former student as 22-year-old Ian Brunner. Officials at UD said Brunner was from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
Investigators said Brunner died Sunday evening in an accident involving his vehicle.
Dayton Police officers and medics were dispatched around 7 p.m. to the 300 block of Irving Avenue on initial reports of a car falling on top of someone, News Center 7 previously reported.
“I’m outside of Campus South Apartments at [the] University of Dayton. A car fell on a kid and he’s — this jack fell out from underneath him and he’s trapped underneath and not responding,” a 911 caller told dispatchers.
Brunner, a mechanical engineering major, died on the scene just hours after walking at graduation and earning his degree.
“We ask that the community keep this young man’s family, friends and loved ones in their prayers,” the university said in a statement.
Late Monday morning, News Center 7 saw University of Dayton students, faculty and administrators comforting each other after walking out of the chapel following a group gathering inside.
There was some concern that the university did not say what happened until an email that was sent at 1 a.m. on Monday. News Center 7′s John Bedell asked the university about the timing and they issued the following statement:
“When there is a student death, our focus is on the family who is finding out about the loss of their loved one and respecting their grief and their ability to inform immediate family members. This is a process and timeframe we can’t control. The University does have internal support structures that are immediately put into place for those in our community directly impacted by the loss.
The safety of our campus community is always our first priority, so if there is an immediate threat to campus, those messages would go out quickly. When there is not an immediate threat, our attention goes to the affected family.”
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