SUNY Stony Brook student in critical condition after being struck by car

A 19-year-old student from SUNY Stony Brook is clinging to life at Stony Brook Hospital after being struck by a car on campus Thursday.

University police say Simona Grabocka, of Ridgewood, Queens, was on a routine walk to class when she was hit while crossing the street. The driver, Ismat Mahmood, told police the sun blinded her. University police believe the driver ran a stop sign, but no charges are expected to be filed.

Student volunteers from the rescue squad came to Grabocka's aid before an ambulance arrived. She was rushed to Stony Brook Hospital, suffering from broken bones and severe head injuries. Hospital officials described her condition as "very grave."

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