Student physically assaulted on Lincoln Avenue near Cafaro Hall

By Sydney Stalnecker

A Youngstown State University student was assaulted around 2 p.m. March 25 after the assailant failed to stop at a stop sign. 

The 24-year-old female student was crossing Lincoln Avenue after leaving Cafaro Hall, previously known as the Lincoln building, and was nearly hit by Maria Campbell’s gray Mazda.

The victim said, “What the heck?” in response, which was followed by profanity from Campbell, according to the police report.

After establishing that there is indeed a stop sign present at the intersection, the police report says Campbell “exited the vehicle and grabbed [the victim] by the hair and began to punch her repeatedly in the back of the head.”

After students began to gather and yell, Campbell fled the scene with her three children in the backseat. One student was able to snap a picture of her license plate, which led to Campbell’s identification.

Campbell, a Youngstown resident, has been charged with assault and will appear in the Youngstown Municipal Court on April 27.

This will not be the first time Youngstown courts have seen Campbell. In December 2020, Campbell pleaded guilty to a previous charge of assault.