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University Releases Statement on Confederate Monument Crash

Confederate Statue on the Ole Miss campus

On Saturday night a vehicle crashed into the Confederate Statue in the Circle on the Ole Miss campus. The driver is believed to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. The identity of the driver has not been released but the University issued a statement confirming that the driver was not a student or a university employee. 
The statement mentions that a thorough review by a structural engineer is necessary to determine the damage to the statue. The full statement can be viewed below:
Late Saturday evening (9/16), an allegedly intoxicated driver ran into the Confederate statue on the Oxford campus. The base of the statue and the brass plaque in front of the statue sustained damage. The damaged pieces are being stored by the Facilities Management Department during the investigation. A thorough review by a structural engineer will be needed to determine the full extent of the damage and the structural integrity of the statue. In the meantime, the area remains cordoned off to ensure public safety. The University Police Department continues to investigate the accident and the accident report can be requested by emailing upd@olemiss.edu. The university can confirm that those involved with this accident are not current or former students or employees.
Base of the monument where the plaque was located

According to tweets from the University Police Department, there were two people in the vehicle and both were received medical attention. UPD said that there is “no indication it was a deliberate act.” The situation is being investigated as a crash, but UPD will consult “with prosecutor/DA/FBI to determine if additional charges are to be filed.”
Crash site from Saturday night

Steven Gagliano is the managing editor of HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at steven.gagliano@hottytoddy.com

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