Walla Walla Student Hit by Vehicle, Airlifted to Seattle

(Spectrumbot) #1

Twenty-year-old Walla Walla University student Madison Baird has been airlifted to a Seattle, Washington hospital after being hit by a motor vehicle while riding her bicycle this afternoon.

Baird, a sophomore at WWU, was seen at The Atlas—the student-run coffee shop on campus—before heading outside to get on her on her bike. Baird was wearing a bright orange, reflective safety vest.

Sometime during her ride on Whitman Avenue, Baird and a vehicle collided. College Place police, ambulances, and fire trucks swarmed the street and shut down the entire area to the public. Details of how the accident occurred remain unknown.

Baird was first taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center Hospital, one of the hospitals in Walla Walla, and then was airlifted to Seattle to be treated for her extensive injuries.

WWU President John McVay sent this email out to WWU student body at staff at 7:32 p.m.

Late this afternoon a Walla Walla University student, Madison Baird, was involved in a bicycle-vehicle accident west of College Place. Madison’s injuries are very serious, and she is being airlifted to Seattle for care. We invite you, her campus family, to keep her in your prayers, along with her family, roommates and many friends. Conard Chapel is now open and staffed for any who wish to gather for mutual support and prayer. As significant developments occur, we will keep you informed. Thank you for your prayers on Madison’s behalf.”

Many current and former WWU students and staff have taken to Facebook to rally support and prayers for their friend.

Alumnus Nicole Spady posted, “Prayers appreciated for my friend Madison who is in critical condition after being hit by a truck while riding her bike. I believe God can do powerful things through prayer. She's an incredible girl who has touched my life and many others. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – ‘Never stop praying’”

Student Karl Wallenkampf wrote, “I would like to encourage all of you to pray for my friend Madison, who was traumatically injured by a car while she rode her bicycle near Walla Walla University. She has been flown to Seattle for intensive care. In every one of my interactions with her, she has been the change I want to see in the world. I pray that her blessing to this world continues.”

WWU Professor Rosemarie Buck said, “Please pray for a WWU student who was hit by a car this afternoon while she was on her bike. It's a critical situation. We need thousands praying!”

Those who know Baird describe her as active and friendly. She loves spending time outdoors and is planning to study in Argentina next school year in the Adventist Colleges Abroad Program. She is a graduate of Walla Walla Valley Academy, and according to her Facebook profile, worked at Big Lake Youth Camp in Oregon during the summer. She also worked at Walla Walla University's Health Services.

We will update this news story as more details become available.

Rachel Logan is a writing intern for Spectrum Magazine.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6622


Thank you Rachel, I’m sure there will be many here who will be praying for Madison, and wondering how she is doing.

(Kim Green) #3

Prayers for her and her family.

(Kevin Paulson) #4

We will all be praying for Madison, for her family, and for her friends. Being traumatized already by the senseless death of Kayla Mueller—obviously for different reasons, but still horrific—I can only pray Madison will totally recover through divine intervention and the labor of the medical professionals attending her.

Please keep us advised of her progress.

(Mitchell Naden) #5

I’m confused. Is this a real story or a spoof, a’la barelyadventist, to compete with the tragic incidents involving the young lady from Union College?

(Dee Roberts) #6

This is not a spoof, it was a tragic accident.

(ashley) #7

Mitchell, it is real, she is my cousin and we truly appreciate the thoughts and prayers being offered up by all the readers.

(Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13) #8

In what universe would any reputable blog post a “spoof” about such tragedies?

(jeremy) #9

this is such a senseless accident…from her picture, madison seems so full of life, with so much to offer…

(Thomas J Zwemer) #10

wallenkampf is a name I know, all the way back to E.M.C. a very honorable name. As a parent, grand parent and great grandparent, I have a deep interest in the recovery of this young student. I lost one classmate to an auto accident while in grade school. Let it not happen again. There is pain throughout an entire community, but who can contemplate a parent at a time like this… Thank God that Grace doth abound. Tom Z

(Jared Wright) #11

Mitchell, Spectrum does have a humor page with satirical stories in partnership with Barely Adventist and the Adventist Caricaturist, but you will never find humor stories about tragedies on this website.

The Heather Boulais story and this story are two separate incidents, only a couple of weeks apart. We’re committed to sharing these stories for the sake of the Adventist community, which is at its best when rallying around the families and loved ones to whom tragic stories happen.

(Catherine Biggs) #12

So sorry to hear of her passing. Sending warm healing thoughts and prayers to all who mourn just now.

(Kevin Seidel) #13

Rest in peace until the resurrection.

(George Tichy) #14

This is really a tragedy. May God comfort the whole family and all her friends as well.

(Cathy Law) #15

We can relate to this and pray that God will bring healing of body, mind, and spirit to Madison and her family. “God is faithful.” I Corinthians 10:13