Sac State student dies in head-on collision


Kelly Kiernan

Kaitlin St. Croix, a Sac State child development major and resident assistant, smiles for a photo in Desmond Hall following an interview with The State Hornet on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. St. Croix died in a head-on collision in Stanislaus County on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, according to Sac State university communications.

Kelly Kiernan, multimedia editor

Kaitlin St. Croix, a Sacramento State undeclared student with interest in women’s studies and resident assistant, died in a head-on collision in Stanislaus County on Thursday, according to the university. 

According to the California Highway Patrol’s report of collision, Modesto Area CHP received a call of a traffic collision on State Route 33 Thursday, and when emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they identified “a tractor-trailer combination and a Hyundai sedan” blocking the road.

“Unfortunately, the driver of the Hyundai, a 20-year-old female adult, was pronounced deceased at the collision scene. No other injuries were sustained,” the report said.

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“It is with heavy hearts that Sacramento State administration confirms the death of a university student who was killed in a head-on collision in Stanislaus County on Thursday, Jan. 9,” the university said in a statement. “The student is identified as Kaitlin St. Croix, a Sac State junior and resident assistant in the university residence halls.”

The university said students in need of counseling can make use of The WELL’s Student Health and Counseling Services or at (916) 278-6461.

UPDATE: Jan. 15, 2020

This story was updated to reflect additional comment and documentation from the Department of California Highway Patrol.

Correction: Jan. 30, 2020

This story was updated to correctly identify St. Croix as an undeclared student with an interest in women’s studies. A previous version of this story identified St. Croix as a child development major.