Manhattanville College Student Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver While Walking Back to School: Police

Police say the woman who hit Robby Schartner had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit

What to Know

  • The 21-year-old lacrosse player was hit on his way back to the college Sunday
  • The woman who hit him had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, police say
  • Manhattanville College President Michael Geisler called the victim an inspiration to his team and said he epitomized the scholar-athlete

A 21-year-old Manhattanville College lacrosse player known for his dedication to team and family was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver as he was walking back to school early Sunday, police and relatives say. 

Robby Schartner, of Fishkill, was walking by the intersection of Westchester Avenue and Anderson Hill Road in White Plains shortly before 5 a.m. when he was hit, officials say. 

The woman who hit him, 24-year-old Emma Fox, kept driving after the impact, stopping three blocks away to check out the damage to her car, authorities say. The Rye resident then called police. 

She was arrested at the scene and later charged with vehicular manslaughter and aggravated DWI. Police say she had a blood alcohol level of 0.21, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. 

Fox was being held on $100,000 following her arraignment. Information on an attorney for her wasn't immediately available. 

Fox's vehicle was also impounded, police say. 

Scharter's siblings said they were "beyond shattered" by their brother's death. In a post on a GoFundMe page, they described Schartner as a "dedicated college lacrosse player and a brother, a son, a grandchild, an uncle and a friend to all who knew him."

Schartner was entering his third season with the Manhattanville men's lacrosse team. Last season, he played in 10 games and started the final eight contests of the year. 

Manhattanville President Michael Geisler mourned the young man's death in an email to students, faculty and staff Sunday. 

"In his three years as a men's lacrosse player Robert earned his spot on the team the hard way. It was not easy for him, but the sacrifices he made inspired the team and epitomized what it means to be a scholar-athlete at Manhattanville," Geisler said. "The level of Robert's commitment to his team could never come into question; whatever he was asked to do, he did with a smile on his face. That was his understanding of what it means to be a true teammate … We are all in shock." 

The college said counseling staff would be available through the week.

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