Student dies in UD campus parking lot after car fell on him

Several police vehicles were in the parking lot outside of Campus South Sunday evening. A resident of the apartment complex watched the scene unfold from his window. Photo courtesy of UD student David Deeter.

Zoë Hill Print Editor-in-Chief


University of Dayton officials confirmed Monday morning that the man who died in CS Lot Sunday evening around 7 p.m. was 22-year-old mechanical engineering graduate Ian Brunner.

Brunner was from Pittsburgh, and had just graduated from the university that morning.

“We ask that the community keep this young man’s family, friends and loved ones in their prayers,” university officials said in a statement to Flyer News. 

The university held a gathering in support of Brunner’s family, friends, faculty and classmates at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Chapel of Immaculate Conception. It was also live streamed here on the Campus Ministry YouTube channel. 

The following resources were provided by university officials for those who need support during this time. 

Counseling Center: 937-229-3141

Campus Ministry: 937-229-3339

Dean of Students: 937-229-1212

Health Center: 937-229-3131

Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention: 937-229-2651


A man was killed when his car fell on top of him in CS lot outside of Campus South Apartments Sunday evening. 

David Deeter, a sophomore who lives in Campus South, told Flyer News that a portion of the parking lot was cordoned off with police tape when he arrived back to his housing around 8:15 p.m. From his bedroom window he said he watched as police removed a body from near the vehicle and “drove it to the morgue.” 

Several police vehicles were also lined up down Kiefaber Street, just a block over from CS lot. Police had left the lot by 8:45 p.m., according to Deeter. 

Police lined down Kiefaber Street. Photo by Tori Miller, news editor.

The man was working on his car and had it jacked up when it fell on top of him, WHIO reported. 

It is unknown at this time if the man was a University of Dayton student, but both Dayton Police and UD Public Safety are investigating the incident, WHIO reported. 

The apartment complex on Irving Avenue in the Student Neighborhood primarily houses sophomore and junior students. A majority of the student body has moved out for the summer; Undergraduate students were required to move out 24 hours after their last final. Finals week for the university concluded on Friday. 

Graduating seniors are permitted to stay until Monday at noon, allowing them to move out after graduation. Commencement for undergraduate students was held Sunday morning. 

International students and other students who requested summer housing are still on campus. 

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information when it becomes available. Follow @FlyerNews on all social media platforms for up-to-date campus coverage. 

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