Marquette student recovering after struck in alleged OWI hit-and-run crash

CREATED Jun 19, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A Marquette student was recovering at a local hospital after being left for dead on campus when an out-of-control van struck her.

Aryn Sobchak was skateboarding near North 16th Street and West Wisconsin Avenue when police say a drunk driver hit her and took off.

That driver was taken into custody.

Aryn was in the hospital Wednesday as family and friends pray for a quick recovery.

Annette French got the call Wednesday morning that her valued employee had been hit by a car on the Marquette campus.

"Her father called us and let us know that she's recovering," said French.  She works with Aryn at Dragonfly on East Brady Street.

"It's going to be a bit of a recovery. She's got some pretty bad injuries."

Aryn, 23, was riding her skateboard around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday near 16th and Wisconsin when police say a van blew through a red light and hit her.

The driver sped off, but was stopped several blocks away.

"She's a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, and we're relieved that we can be there for her immediately," said Brian Dorrington, a Marquette University spokesman.

Annette tells TODAY'S TMJ4 Aryn injured her wrist and her knee, and will likely need a couple of surgeries.

"She's great. Just a joy to be around, so I hope she mends fast and comes back to work."

Aryn has only worked at the shop for a few weeks, but has already left quite an impression.

"Already we just love her and hope for the best," said Annette.  "Get better, Aryn!"

Police say the driver is a 41-year-old man from Milwaukee, but won't release his name because he hasn't been charged yet.

Those charges should come in the next few days.

Jay Sorgi contributed to this report.