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Deaf RIT student hit, critically injured by box truck in Henrietta

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies say 24-year-old Steven Carranco was walking southbound on the shoulder of East River Road when he was hit by a box truck driving south. (Photo: Anthony DiGiovanni for WHAM)

Henrietta, N.Y. – An RIT student who is deaf suffered serious injuries after being hit by a box truck Tuesday night in Henrietta.

The crash happened around 6:45 p.m. on East River Road in the area of Cape Henry Trail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies say 24-year-old Steven Carranco was walking southbound on the shoulder of East River Road when he was hit by a box truck driving south.

"That's the way it is in Rochester. I've been walking this road for over a year now and I know how it is, it's usually dark," said Dhaval Chauhan, an RIT student.

Chauhan doesn't know Carranco, but walks along the same route he does to get to campus.

"This road is pretty dark, there are no street lights. On the corner there are one or two, but it doesn't really make a difference," he said.

The driver, 49-year-old Richard Lippa, said he heard a noise that sounded like he hit someone or something and immediately stopped. He checked and found that he had hit Carranco with the truck. The three-axled box truck is owned by Express, Inc.

"You have to be aware of your surroundings, we always encourage people to wear something reflective or light versus any dark clothing," said Capt. Paul DeLella of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

As deputies arrived on scene, they said Carranco was found lying on the road with severe injuries to his head, leg and other areas of his body. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he is currently listed in guarded condition.

"With New York State law you walk against traffic. The problem is this time of the year [and the snow] the shoulders get smaller and it gives you less space to walk," said Capt. DeLella.

Deputies say Carranco was most likely on his way home when the accident happened.

Carranco's family was notified, along with RIT.

No criminal charges are expected to be filed in this case; traffic tickets could be pending related to the condition of the box truck.

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