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Dover PD Warns College Kids to Keep Their 'Heads Up'

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A memorial for Wesley College student Brittany Paige on State Street in Dover (Photo: WBOC) A memorial for Wesley College student Brittany Paige on State Street in Dover (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Colleges are getting back into session across Delmarva. Thursday was the start of move-in day for students at Delaware State University in Dover. Wesley College also had convocation for its new students at the Schwartz Center for the Arts.

As things get going again on campus, police in Dover are out with a warning for students: look up!

A memorial with flowers still sits on a bridge over Silver Lake on State Street - a visible reminder of the exact issue police are trying to highlight. The memorial is for Wesley College student Brittany Paige.

She was hit by a car and killed while jogging back in March. According to police, witnesses said she was looking at her phone as she crossed a busy downtown street when the car hit her.

Incidents like that are why Dover PD is partnering with Wesley, Wilmington University and Delaware Tech for a campaign called "Heads Up." Schools are providing information to incoming students about the dangers of distracted walking.

Incoming Wesley students were supposed to walk down State Street through downtown from campus to the Schwartz Center Thursday afternoon. Bad weather put the kibosh on that, but kids, like Breanna Banks, a freshman at Wesley, know they'll be walking these streets a lot over the next four years.

"With all the traffic and cars and people - it will be important to look straight up," she said.

Older students who knew Paige say her death shows the importance of students being alert.

"We get in the mindset sometimes that we're bullet proof, and we're not... And just being distracted for that one second, like in Brittany's case, that was it," said Ben Miller, a Wesley sophomore.

"Brittany was a case where it actually did happen," Sam Frain, a junior at Wesley, said. "But I'm sure there are a lot of people where it's almost happened. Any way to stop that from happening would be beneficial to the community."

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