Woman struck at Notre Dame not seriously injured


Margaret Fosmoe
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — A woman struck by a vehicle in a University of Notre Dame campus parking lot on Saturday suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Debra Tessitore, of Maitland, Fla., was transported to Memorial Hospital after being struck by a parked car that was pushed into her in a chain-reaction crash, Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown said via e-mail on Tuesday.

A sport utility vehicle driven by an 83-year-old Ohio man struck a parked car. The collision started a chain reaction with two additional parked vehicles, one of which hit Tessitore. The man told police he stepped on the gas rather than the brake and then panicked.

No charges have been filed and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to Brown.

Tessitore was not listed Tuesday as a patient at Memorial Hospital. She may have been released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The crash happened in crowded tailgating lot just south of Notre Dame Stadium about 5:15 p.m. Saturday. It was about two hours before the start of the Notre Dame-Texas football game.


Tailgaters in the parking lot south of Notre Dame Stadium before the Sept. 5, 2015 Notre Dame-Texas game.SBT photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN