Peyton Bell, CC ’13, In Critical Condition After Hit and Run

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Update: 4:23 pm: Bell’s father wrote to us to say he is currently with him at the Neurological ICU. A friend who visited the hospital says Peyton is expected to move out of the ICU tomorrow and make a full recovery, barring complications. We wish him all the best for a speedy return to health.

Update: 3:51 pm: A friend of the family reports that Peyton has been transferred to Columbia Presbyterian. 

Update, 2:10 pm: According to St. Luke’s, Bell was discharged today. That’s all the information we have for now, but we’ll continue to provide updates as we learn more.

Peyton Bell, CC ’13, is currently in critical condition at St. Luke’s after being struck by a car on 106th Street and Broadway in the early hours of Sunday morning. Bell got out of a cab at the notoriously dangerous intersection and was hit by a Mercedes Benz which drove off immediately. Bell, 20, is a member of the Columbia Rugby team and a leader of the 2011-2012 Philosophy Forum.

Almost exactly a month ago, 32-year old jazz singer Daniela D’Ercole was killed at the same intersection, which has long been considered one of the neighborhood’s most dangerous, after getting out of a taxi.

We’ll keep you posted as we find out more. In the meantime, our thoughts are with Peyton and his family.



  1. Damn,

    I hope he's alright.

  2. Anonymous  

    This is horrible. I wish him a speedy recovery!

  3. Anonymous  

    So awful. Wishing Peyton a fast and full recovery.

  4. Anonymous

    So sad! I hope he recovers completely and quickly and that the person who hit him comes forward. Or at least feels crippling guilt forever.

  5. Anonymous  

    love you pbell!!!

  6. Anonymous  

    Wishing him all the best! I hope he's alright!

  7. CC 2013  

    I wish Peyton to be the strong person I know he is and fight for a fast and full recovery. I know he will be back on campus with us soon enough but it will be good for him to be home and with his family over the holidays to recover and prepare for next semester.
    Prayers out to both him and his family.

  8. Bee  

    We are praying for you Peyton! Please get well soon!

  9. hmmm  

    Terribly sad. Hopefully his promising future won't be lost.

  10. Anonymous  

    of all people i know peyton call pull through this. hes such a strong and motivated person. feel better soon peyton! my thoughts are with you and your family!

  11. Anonymous  

    I love this city but Jesus Christ sometimes it make me lose faith in humanity. Either way, I wish Payton a speedy recovery. He will be in my thoughts.

  12. I'm really upset  

    about this because one of my greatest fears is being hit by a car in a freak accident as I'm walking across the street or something...

  13. CC '13  

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you now, Peyton -- wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Kind of puts finals week into perspective for me.

  14. Anonymous  

    God bless you Peyton

  15. anon  

    I wish you a speedy recovery Peyton! and my thoughts are with your family in these hard times. God bless.

  16. Anonymous

    The staff and students at Mercer Island High School are praying for Peyton's recovery. You are an amazing young man with so much potential!

  17. One

    Time I wish the pnw wasn't on bwog
    Geaux Peyton

  18. ooo  

    I hope he recovers fully and well!!!

  19. Anonymous  

    It's great to hear that he was discharged! I hope he's doing well, and that he gets better quickly with a full recovery.

  20. person

    he wasn't discharged. bwog is wrong, it takes a week after the fact for them to get it right.

    Support for Peyton!

  21. Anonymous  

    He wasn't discharged. There must be a mistake with the information they got. He is waking up though.

    • Claire  (Bwog Staff)  

      We've reached out to Peyton's family, but the discharge has been independently confirmed twice by Patient Information at St. Luke's. If you have further updates, please e-mail us at [email protected]

  22. Anonymous

    He was transferred to Columbia Presbyterian. (Source: from family.)

  23. Anonymous

    What kind of shit bag hits a HUMAN BEING with a car and just thinks, oh? Well I'll be on my way! Jesus. Hope he has a speedy recovery.

  24. rahsmit

    Peyton Bell=Superman/superfriend. I love this man and was so greatful to see him today. Somehow he wasn't even in pain (typical Peyton). Let's keep praying for him and he will be back on campus in no time :)

  25. Horatio Cane  

    This kind of hit and run
    *puts on sunglasses*
    isn't what he had in mind when he started rugby.

  26. Carman 7 2013  

    loves you! You are part of what made our floor the best freshman year! Our thoughts, prayers, and love is with.

  27. Anonymous  

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery P! Roar lions roar!

  28. cousin kaye

    hey peyton. the entire marsh family is remembering you and your family in our prayers. we know you will heal remarkably because that's how you do everything.

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