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Foreign exchange student hit by automobile at Miner Village

UTEP Police officers talk to eye-witnesses on the scene.  Sitting in the center is sophomore volleyball player Madison Morris.
Michaela Roman
UTEP Police officers talk to eye-witnesses on the scene. Sitting in the center is sophomore volleyball player Madison Morris.

A freshman exchange student was hit by a vehicle on the southwest side of Miner Village on Friday afternoon. The victim was identified by a group of friends as Achim Schweighofer from Austria.

Patrick Heinsch, a freshman exchange student from Germany, was up in his dorm when he heard a “boom.”

According to witnesses, Heinsch was told Schweighofer was walking out with a broom and a vacuum cleaner when a car came from behind and hit him.

“I don’t know how hard it was, but he was shivering and foam was coming out of his mouth,” he said. “That’s what I witnessed.”

Amanda Guillen and Kristopher Rivera may be reached at [email protected].

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About the Contributors
Amanda Guillen, Editor-in-Chief
Amanda Guillen is a senior multimedia journalism major with a minor in women's studies. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and graduated from El Paso High School in 2011. She has been a part of The Prospector since summer 2013 and is currently Managing Editor. She has always had a passion for journalism and plans to become a television news reporter upon graduating from UTEP. In addition to being a full-time student and reporter, she is a part of two honor societies on campus, Alpha Lambda Delta and the National Society of Leadership and Success where she participates in community service regularly. Amanda also interns for KVIA Channel 7 the El Paso affiliate of ABC. Her love for the city of El Paso is something that led her to choose UTEP as her school of choice. She has enjoyed her past 3 years at the university and looks forward to an eventful school year.
Kristopher Rivera, Copy Editor
At the beginning of Kristopher Rivera’s sophomore year, he was sitting in a psychology course, pondering his future in regards to a career. He questioned if he really wanted to pursue a career in psychology, which was his major at the time. Feeling uncertain, he began to think of how one decision at that moment would shift everything about his future. He seemed to do well when it came to writing, and he enjoyed reading about bands in magazines such as Alternative Press, Rolling Stone and SPIN. So then he did some research and found that journalism was the way to go. Now, Rivera, senior multimedia journalism major, is scheduled to graduate this fall. It’s also marks his third year with the Prospector. He’s covered stories in sports, entertainment and news. In between some time at the Prospector, Rivera landed two internships. He spent his fall 2012 semester in Washington D.C. as an intern reporter for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. Many UTEP students like him have had the privilege to go experience living at the nation’s capital. He covered stories in the area, and saw political figures such as President Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Rivera also had a nice opportunity to see the Who at the National Press Club, where they talked about their organization to help children with cancer. This summer Rivera was in Sacramento, Calif. working as an intern reporter for the Sacramento Bee newspaper. He had the opportunity to cover all kinds of stories such as a homicide, community events, major league baseball games—specifically the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants, and he had some opportunities to work on some music features. He interviewed Ellie Goulding, Cedric Bixler-Zavala (the Mars Volta/At the Drive-In), Randy Ebright of Molotov and a few other artists. Rivera said he’s been blessed to have these opportunities, and it all started at the Prospector. Rivera is also a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Michaela Roman, Editor-in-Chief
Michaela is a Senior Digital Media Production major at The University of Texas at El Paso. As the Editor-in-Chief, and former Photo Editor of The Prospector, she has learned to stay organized, manage a staff of writers and photographers, meet deadlines, cover events and network with others. She also has freelance experience and a personal photography business. Michaela aspires to work as an editor for a large media outlet and one day go to graduate school to teach photojournalism.
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    Mariely MejoradoNov 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    He had a broom and vacuum. he was probably renting them from summit hall using his ID as collateral to clean his dorm, that’s what Ive done at Heights. and I just can’t believe that such a common act could have such a brutal result. Give your ID, get a broom, clean the room, bring back the broom, get your ID back. Its so routine. My condolences to the family.

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    Jacqueline BrixeyNov 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    This is a terrible article. Admittedly I usually don’t read the Prospector, but having met and known Achim, I ended up reading this piece of garbage since it was about him. Never in journalism do you describe the grizzly details of the victim in a car accident as you did in this article, and you should either learn this lesson in respect now or absolutely never write an article that gets published again. At most, you could say that he sustained severe trauma, beyond that is horrific for anyone who knew and cared about Achim. I realize that what eye witnesses saw was traumatizing, absolutely no one wants to be an eye witness to such an accident, but quoting verbatim makes me feel like I was there too, and this not how I want to think of him. I sincerely hope you edit this article out of respect for the victim’s family, friends, and most of all in memory of him. Shame on both of you who wrote this, and shame on your editor for allowing it to be published.

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    JohnNov 15, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Typical stupid college journalism., You released a name prior to anyone contacting the student’s family? Take some lessons from the “real” media. Release names once told it is ok. That is out of respect.

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