UCF student hit by car, killed crossing intersection near campus


A UCF student has died after being hit by a car while crossing an intersection near UCF’s main campus.

Reuel Buchanan, 21, ran across the intersection of Alafaya Trail and Carrigan Avenue Wednesday night and was struck by a 2003 Toyota, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. Medical examiners declared Buchanan dead at the scene, the release states.

The driver of the vehicle was Adriel Wallaker, a 20-year-old Orange County resident. Wallaker was uninjured. The crash happened about a mile from campus and did not involve alcohol, the release states.

The release states Buchanan ran through northbound traffic, south of Carrigan Avenue. The traffic lights were green for southbound traffic on Alafaya Trail when Buchanan stepped into the path of Wallaker’s vehicle at 8:50 p.m.

Buchanan was a member of UCF’s Omega Psi Phi fraternity. The fraternity’s official Twitter page shared its condolences for Buchanan on Thursday.

“It is with a heavy heart that we communicate the passing of our dear Brother, Reuel Buchanan (Spring ’17, XTT, University of Central Florida),” the tweet reads.

UCF’s official Twitter tweeted a message from Maribeth Ehasz, vice president of Student Development and Enrollment Services on Thursday.

“Our hearts are broken,” Ehasz said in the tweet. “Reuel was an active, engaged student leader known and loved by many in our UCF family. We extend our love and support to his family and friends. #LongLiveRu.”

There are multiple witnesses, and the case is still under investigation, according to the release. It’s unclear if any charges have been filed.

Student organizations including the John T. Washington Honor Society, Kappa Delta at UCF and Faithful Black Men of UCF shared similar sentiments on Twitter with the hashtag “LongLiveRu.”  

Several of the social media posts included a flier inviting people to celebrate Buchanan’s life at the Student Union Atrium on UCF’s main campus on Sunday at 7:11 p.m.

UCF Police Department Chief Richard Beary extended his and UCF PD’s condolences in a Friday email sent to UCF students Knights emails.