ISU student died after found in the street south of campus



Makayla Tendall

An 18-year-old ISU student died after a hit-and-run early Monday morning.

ISU Police found Emmalee Jacobs, freshman in business from Urbana, Iowa, lying in the street on the corners of Lincoln Way and Ash Avenue at 7:04 a.m. this morning. 

ISU Police began performing CPR on the victim until she was transported to Mary Greeley where she died shortly after.

Commander Jason Tuttle of the Ames Police Department said they are unsure how long Jacobs was in the street before she was found. 

Jacobs was living in Buchanan Hall, which sits on the corners of Lincoln Way and Ash Avenue, according to the Iowa State student directory. 

Tuttle said Ames Police detectives are searching now for any witnesses to the incident and searching security cameras on surrounding buildings, such as Buchanan Hall.

However, since it was dark and rainy during the time accident, Tuttle said the department is asking for the public’s help in sharing any possible information they might have regarding the incident. Ames Police can be reached at 515-239-5133. 

“It’s a pretty unfortunate incident, especially this time of year,” Tuttle said. 

President Steven Leath issued a statement saying he is saddened, but asks that the community notifies the police with any information. 

“I extend condolences to the Jacobs family and to her friends at Iowa State and in her hometown, Urbana, Iowa. It’s always difficult to see a young life taken, particularly when it’s one of our students who had been with us only a few months,” Leath said in the statement. “I join the Ames and ISU Police Departments in encouraging anyone with information that may help identify the driver of the car to contact Ames Police.”

Carrie Giese in the Dean of Student’s Office said any students affected by the incident will be given help on an as needed basis.

“There is support and resources available on how they’re impacted on their situation,” Giese said. 

Students seeking help for emotional difficulties can reach Student Counseling Services for crisis appointments during the rest of Finals Week. 

Student Assistance and Outreach Services can help students communicate with faculty members if needed, as well.