White roses at the scene of fatal accident of 18-year-old student in Wageningen: ‘You will always be loved’ | Wageningen

updates | with videoAlong the Nijenoord Allee in Wageningen lies a bunch of white roses with a note: ‘You have and will always be loved’. It is for an 18-year-old student who died here when she was hit by a taxi van on her bicycle.


Joni van Essen, Arnold Winkel

20 Jan. 2023


Latest update:
20-01-23, 20:00

The student at Wageningen University was hit by a car while crossing a busy road. A memorial has been set up for the deceased student near the location of the accident. Someone has laid out a bunch of white roses, with the note with the message to the deceased.

The collision took place on Thursday around 2.40 pm on Nijenoord Allee near Hoevestein in Wageningen. The woman crossed the road by bicycle at a crosswalk, after which she collided with an approaching taxi bus.

Emergency workers turned out en masse, but could not prevent the woman from dying of her injuries.

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A bunch of white roses has been placed near the spot where an 18-year-old student at Wageningen University crashed on Thursday. © Herman Stover

Children taken care of

There were several children in the taxi bus. They were taken to a shelter by the police. The driver of the bus, a 55-year-old woman from Rhenen, was arrested after the accident. Arresting the driver is standard procedure in the event of a serious collision.

The woman is no longer in custody, a police spokesman said. “She was immediately sent on Thursday evening after questioning.”

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A bunch of white roses has been placed near the spot where an 18-year-old student at Wageningen University crashed on Thursday. © Herman Stover
type="image/webp">>Emergency services on Nijenoord Allee in Wageningen after the collision between a cyclist and a taxi van.>>
Emergency services on Nijenoord Allee in Wageningen after the collision between a cyclist and a taxi van. © Press agency Heitink

‘Substance use excluded’

Immediately after the accident, tests were carried out to rule out substance use by the driver. “That is also excluded,” said the spokesman.

“I think this is a tragic accident, but it remains to be seen what exactly happened.” The ongoing investigation into the exact circumstances should provide an answer to that.

According to the spokesperson, it is ‘quite standard that victim support is offered after something so violent’. “That applies to both the driver and the passengers.”

Flags at WUR buildings at half-mast

The deceased woman studied at the university in the city, a spokesperson confirms. Flags at buildings on campus will be flown at half-mast on Friday.

“It is a terrible accident with a sad fatal outcome,” said the spokesperson, who said that “the response was shocked and affected and our concern and attention is focused on family and those involved.”

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type="image/webp">>The flag will be flown at half-mast at buildings of Wageningen University & Research on Friday. In a collision elsewhere in the city on Thursday, an 18-year-old student was so injured that she died.>>
The flag will be flown at half-mast at buildings of Wageningen University & Research on Friday. In a collision elsewhere in the city on Thursday, an 18-year-old student was so injured that she died. © DG

The crossing where the student crashed was made even safer a few years ago on the initiative of the university. Many students cross the road every day to reach the campus. Many students from Pantarijn secondary school also cross the road to take gym classes at De Bongerd sports park. The city council has been talking for a long time about realizing a new route to the campus, so that cycling students and pupils do not have to cross the busy Nijenoord Allee and Kortenoord Allee.

Mayor response

Wageningen mayor Floor Vermeulen has reacted on social media to the accident and the death of the student. “My thoughts and condolences go out to her family,” he wrote.

Sanne Vermeij, chair of the Wageningen student council, said she was shocked by the news. After the weekend, the council will consider an appropriate action to remember the deceased student.

When asked for a response, a spokesperson for Noot Personen Vervoer, the company to which the taxi van that was involved in the accident belongs, said that it would not make any statements about the ‘terrible incident’ ‘out of respect for all those involved’.


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