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BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Two Johns Hopkins University students are hospitalized after they were struck by a car.

Adam May has details.

It’s one of the busiest intersections near the Hopkins campus, and the site of the latest hit-and-run accident.

It was 2:15 a.m. Saturday. Bars in Charles Village had just let out for the night. That’s when a car struck sophomore Ben Zucker and freshman Rachel Cohen as they were trying to cross 33rd Street near St. Paul Street.

“We were all shocked, and a lot of students rushed out from whatever they were doing that night to come here to see how it happened,” said a Hopkins student.

The two students were rushed to area hospitals. The car that hit them, a 2010 Chevy Impala, didn’t stop. It kept on going.

Luckily for those students, a Johns Hopkins security officer saw the entire incident.  He radioed for help, and with the assistance of two Baltimore City police officers, he was able to chase down the fleeing car a few blocks away.

Police say the driver may have been drunk, but so far charges have not been filed in the case. Meanwhile, many students are left rattled.

This hit-and-run follows the tragic story of Nathan Krasnopoler, who was struck by a car while riding his bike, leaving him with crippling brain injuries.

Then there’s the story of Miriam Frankel who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver as she tried to cross St. Paul Street in October 2009.

“There needs to be more policing or trafficking these intersections,” said Justin Shen, student. “This one here and there’s one up at 34th and St. Paul. They both are really dangerous.”

“Me and my friends have had some close calls,” said Abby Hoglund, student. “People are kinda crazy drivers around here.”

“It happens pretty often more than you think,” said Albert Iwin, student. “But I mean we’re generally in a hurry, so we don’t always pay attention to the cars and they don’t always see us.”

“I know a lot of kids are coming up with their own plans or whatever to like make an overpass so kids don’t have to like cross the street on the road or what not,” said a pedestrian.

“It’s kind of scary when you think about it,” said a pedestrian. “If you’re walking or riding a bicycle it makes you think twice at least.”

One of those students did have a bad head injury. But both students are expected to survive.

Police say the State’s Attorney’s Office will make a decision on what charges to file in the case.

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