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19-year-old pedestrian killed this week was a WMU student

Bailey Broderick
Posted at 12:23 PM, Nov 05, 2021

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The 19-year-old pedestrian who was killed after getting hit by a car earlier this week was a Western Michigan University student.

Family and friends are remembering Bailey Broderick through a memorial at the location of the accident.

The crash happened on Wednesday around 8:30 p.m. at Fraternity Village Way and Michigamme Woods Drive. The driver who hit her was traveling north.

Officers said they tried to resuscitate her before she was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died.

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Friends close to her tell Fox 17 they had just dropped Bailey off at her apartment, and she was crossing the street to head inside. That's when the unimaginable happened.

Bailey was a metro-Detroit native who was attending school at Western Michigan University.

Her parents, Craig and Colleen, said she was a sophomore studying social studies. She was just 19 years old.

A memorial has been set up along the road where the accident happened. People have placed pictures, flowers and other memorabilia outside of the apartment where Bailey lived.

Friends close to her said she was bright and could make anyone laugh. She always brought a pair of sparkly, pink sunglasses to places she went, something friends say she will be remembered by by many.

Previously, she attended St. Catherine of Siena Academy in Wixom where she played volleyball during her freshman and sophomore years. Bailey was also involved in the thespian society.

Her high school issued a statement about her death on their Facebook page.

University officials also released a statement Thursday about her death.

“Today is an incredibly sad day at the university as we mourn the tragic loss of one of our students,” the statement said. “Our thoughts are with Bailey’s family, loved ones and friends as we mourn a promising life. Grief counselors are available to students and employees who need support processing this terrible tragedy.”

Funeral arrangements have been released. The services are open to the public and Bailey's parents are inviting anyone who knew her to pay their respects.

A visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Walled Lake on Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. with a memorial at 7 p.m.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday at St. William Catholic Church in Walled Lake at 10 a.m. with a burial to follow.