SAN JOSE (KCBS) — A San Jose State University senior died Monday after being struck by a car while he crossed a street early Sunday morning. Another SJSU student is facing drunk driving and hit-and-run charges in connection with the collision.
The incident happened around 1 a.m. along busy fraternity row on South 10th Street, according to Sgt. Heather Randol. The 23-year-old victim, identified as Chi Lam, was struck by the driver of a passing vehicle.
Lam died Monday afternoon, Randol said.
“The suspect was driving southbound on South 10th Street when he struck the victim who was crossing the street on foot. The suspect fled the scene and moments later collided into another parked vehicle on South 8th Street,” Randol said.
The driver was identified by Randol as 22-year-old Solomon Friese. The victim was a member of Delta Sigma Phi.
Police determined the driver was under the influence and arrested him. Initial charges against Friese include felony hit-and-run and drunk driving.
Fellow students are collecting donations for the victim’s family via a GoFundMe page. Lam is described as a kind-hearted, genuine person that consistently makes others smile.