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2 HPU students hit while trying to cross highway near Kaneohe campus

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KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Two Hawaii Pacific University students were injured Sunday night after being struck in a crosswalk near the institution's Kaneohe campus.

Both of the students were 18-year-old women.

One was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition, while the second was seriously injured.

HPU said one of the students has been discharged from the hospital. Authorities said the second student has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.

"The safety of our students, faculty and staff is of the utmost importance to the university," said Joseph Tillotson, director of security and safety for HPU, in a statement. "At this time, we would like to focus on supporting our two students and their families. Our university ‘ohana is wishing these students a quick and full recovery."

Police said the crash happened around 8:15 p.m. when a Toyota van was traveling northbound on Kamehameha Highway near HPU’s Hawaii Loa campus.

Police said both women were in a marked crosswalk.

The 61-year-old driver of the van was not injured.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but police said speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors.

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