Updated: 1:45 p.m. Sunday
A 33-year-old Galesburg woman has been arrested and charged in the death of a Knox student early Sunday morning. Among the charges are driving under the influence (DUI).
Junior Tundun Lawani died early Sunday morning after she was struck by a vehicle around 3:30 a.m. near South and West streets. She was rushed to Cottage Hospital for emergency treatment and later pronounced dead there, according to campus emails from President Teresa Amott and Director of Campus Safety John Schlaf.
The alleged driver, Lakeesha D. Smith of McKnight Street, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident (which caused injury or death), driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving with no valid insurance. She is being held in the Knox County Jail pending court action Monday.
Smith will appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Monday for a bond hearing.
Below is Amott’s campus bulletin.
Dear members of the Knox community,
It is with very deep sadness that I write to inform you that early this
morning, Tundun Lawani ’14 was struck by a car as she and a small group
of students crossed South Street in the vicinity of West Street. Tundun
was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her family, including her brother
Oladipo ’08, has been notified. The Galesburg Police Department has
located the vehicle and is interviewing a person they believe to be the
driver, who fled the scene after the accident.
The Office of Student Development will be providing counseling support
to help the campus community mourn this tragic loss. Please contact the
Office of Student Development at extension 7222 during office hours or
at 335-4067 after hours if you would like to learn more about the
support that is available.
I will send information regarding remembrance gatherings as as it
becomes available. Please join Ray and me by remembering Tundun’s family
and friends in your thoughts and prayers and in caring for one another
at this painful time for the Knox family.