Miami University student-athlete charged in on-campus hit-skip

The pedestrian victim was crossing early in the morning when he was struck by the car.
Published: May. 3, 2023 at 10:42 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A Miami University student is charged with hitting a pedestrian with his car on campus and then fleeing the scene.

Police say the student, 21-year-old Dominick Stockle, was driving under the influence.

The crash happened at the intersection of South Campus Avenue and East Central Avenue, according to the incident report.

Police say the victim, 19-year-old Robert Luebke, was crossing the road around 2:30 a.m. on March 4 when Stockle hit him.

Stockle, a track and field athlete at Miami, had two passengers in the car with him after choosing to drive home from a bar, a police report states.

The passengers told officers they instructed Stockle to slow down, but he did not listen, the police report explains. An officer wrote in the police report that he overheard Stockle claim he was driving 35 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone.

At one point, one passenger said it felt like they hit a “bump,” which the 21-year-old acknowledged, saying, “We hit something,” according to the police report.

Miami University police tracked the car down and arrested Stockle shortly after the incident.

Stockle, whose eyes were described by an officer as “red and glossy,” had a BAC of 0.1, the report states.

Luebke was hospitalized with a fractured wrist, an injured ankle, injured knees and other injuries.

“I’m not surprised at that happening because people are kind of stupid on this campus,” Miami University student Sydney Cusac said. “Just in terms of drivers here, everyone is crazy, lots of crazy drivers.”

Said fellow student Melanie Schafer, “I feel like we already have a lot of safety measures, and people just choose to ignore them.”

Stockle faces charges of aggravated vehicular assault, OVI and reckless operation, according to police records.

“I think it’s just kind of like, a people problem,” said Tommy Pancoff, another student. “You’ve just got to be wary because there’s so many kids walking around. Just go slow and take your time.”

Police say Stockle’s driver’s license and temporary motorcycle permit were both confiscated upon his arrest.

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