“It’s icy in spots,” said UW senior Connor Hughes. “I think that everybody is a little devastated to hear it. It’s kind of hard to process, too.”
University of Washington spokesperson Victor Balta released this statement to KIRO-TV:
"This general area and other major walkways around campus were treated to create pathways with sand and de-icing salt in preparation for resuming operations Wednesday. There are areas where ice remains and we continue to urge people to avoid spots that have not been completely cleared. UWPD's investigation is ongoing to determine the specific cause of this accident."
UW police detectives are investigating the incident. The university sent an alert to students and staff about the response on Wednesday morning.