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Published: Friday, 11/18/2005

UT student killed crossing Dorr Street

BY CHRISTINA HALL
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Krauss Krauss
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A University of Toledo student was killed when he was struck by a driver with a suspended license as he walked across Dorr Street, possibly while talking on his cell phone.

Peter Krauss, a 22-year-old business major and Ottawa Hills High School graduate, was struck in front of Jake's Saloon at Dorr and Roosevelt Circle in West Toledo near the university, police said.

They said he was seen on the bar's video system walking through the parking lot prior to accident about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. He appeared to be talking on his phone. He looked left for traffic and walked into the street, where he was hit by the passenger side of a westbound car driven by Seffan Hoskins, police said.

Hoskins, 23, of 1620 Westland Gardens Rd., stopped and pulled into a nearby parking lot after the accident. She told police that another vehicle, a maroon Accord, first hit Mr. Krauss, traffic Sgt. Al Papenfus said.

He said witness statements and evidence at the scene do not coincide with another car being involved. However, the accident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

Hoskins was tested for impaired driving three hours after the crash, when the investigator apparently discovered during an interview that she had been drinking.

Her blood-alcohol level was 0.026 percent, well below the legal limit for a motorists in Ohio of 0.08 percent. Police said she probably would have been under the legal limit at the time of the accident.

Sergeant Papenfus said Mr. Krauss had been in the bar. He did not know if Mr. Krauss consumed alcohol or why he was crossing the street.

Dr. Cynthia Beisser, a Lucas County deputy coroner, said Mr. Krauss died of head and neck injuries. The results of toxicology tests are pending.

Mr. Krauss' family declined a request for an interview.

Some of his friends at the family's Brantford Road home said he was a good man who loved life and his family and friends.

"He was a true delight," friend Susan Kruse said.

She relayed from relatives that Mr. Krauss would have graduated in the spring and that a scholarship has been established in his name at the university.

Hoskins also declined requests for an interview.

In June, her license was suspended for six months as part of the conditions of community control on a conviction for possession of crack cocaine, according to Lucas County Common Pleas Court records. She also has a 2004 conviction for driving without a license in Toledo Municipal Court.

Contact Christina Hall at

chall@theblade.com

or 419-724-6007.



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