UPDATE: Parents of WVU student killed in crosswalk file civil suit against driver

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Published: Feb. 2, 2018 at 8:47 AM EST
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UPDATE 3/14/19 3:25PM

The parents of a woman who passed away after being hit by a car while in a crosswalk have filed a civil suit seeking damages for their daughter's death.

Samuel Berhanu and Seble Hailu filed the suit in Monongalia County Circuit Court Tuesday.

Leah Berhanu was hit by a car while in a crosswalk on Patteson Drive. The suit claims she was walking in the crosswalk with the walk light when Michelle Gelada "intentionally" sped through the intersection, hitting her and throwing her 175 feet away, causing fatal injuries.

Gelada was found not guilty of negligent homicide by a jury in November.

Leah's parents are seeking damages for sorrow, anguish, solace, expenses, pre-death pain and suffering, and other punitive damage, with the amount being decided by a jury.

Leah was a 21-year-old studying civil engineering at WVU when the tragedy occurred.


Authorities have confirmed, a 21-year-old woman was killed after being hit by a car in Morgantown, Thursday night.

According to a press release from the Morgantown Police Department, Leah Berhanu of Monongalia County was struck by a vehicle just past Morrill Way, near the entrance to Evansdale Crossing and the WVU Rec Center.

West Virginia University officials have confirmed that Berhanu was a student studying Civil Engineering.

During the investigation, authorities found that a Ford Explorer was driving on Patteson drive and struck Berhanu as she was in the crosswalk at the intersection.

Berhanu was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital where she later passed away.

The incident is still under investigation and the crash is being reconstructed before a final determination of cause is released or any charges will be filed.

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