An early morning hit-and-run accident at the corner of Park and Regent streets left a University of Wisconsin student in critical condition Saturday. Madison police are currently searching for a dark-colored minivan with a tinted rear window and no luggage rack, which they say struck the pedestrian while crossing the intersection at 2:18 a.m. Saturday and fled southbound on Park Street. Though neither the Madison Police Department nor university communications could confirm with The Badger Herald that the victim was a UW student, Channel 3000 reported the pedestrian was a university student on its website Sunday night. According to Channel 3000, the student experienced life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident and is currently being treated at UW Hospital. Saturday's accident was the third time a student pedestrian was struck by a car while crossing a city street this semester. On Feb. 14, a 19-year-old UW student was hit while crossing Langdon Street outside Memorial Union. And on Feb. 15, a UW sophomore was hit while crossing University Avenue near Bassett Street. City Council President Austin King, District 8, which includes the intersection of Regent and Park streets, said the corner has historically been a trouble spot for vehicular accidents. "The intersection of Regent and Park has long been known as one of Madison's worst intersections for vehicular accidents," King said, adding that a committee is currently discussing ways to make Regent Street more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. "There's a lot we need to do on Regent Street," King said. "And a tragedy like this underscores the need for that type of reform." According to the MPD, the investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information on the accident is asked to call (608) 266-5981.
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