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Bicycle accident puts Johns Hopkins student in coma

In our February 12 post, we discussed the problems of pedestrian accidents in Baltimore. Accidents involving a vehicle and a pedestrian always have the potential to be devastating for a pedestrian. The pedestrian typically has no padding or protection that can absorb the impact of a collision.

Unfortunately, the same can be said for accidents involving bicycles. When a bicyclist is hit by a motor vehicle, the rider absorbs a tremendous impact and is exposed to potentially serious or fatal injuries. Recently, a sophomore engineering student at Johns Hopkins University student went into a coma after being involved in a bicycle-vehicle accident.

According to police, the 20-year-old college student was hit on a Sunday morning near John Hopkins' Homewood campus in Baltimore. The student's father said that his son had no pulse while riding in the ambulance, but emergency responders were able to revive him. The police stated that accident victim was in critical condition.

The accident occurred while the 20-year-old man was riding his bike on West University Parkway near West 39th Street. He was in a designated bike lane when a vehicle turning into the right lane hit him. The police report stated that he was trapped underneath of the vehicle when emergency responders arrived on the scene of the accident.

Detective Kevin Brown said that the vehicle was driven by an 83-year-old woman and that it is unlikely that any charges or citations will be filed against her. While there may not be any criminal charges pending, a civil lawsuit for damages may be filed against the driver due to the severe injuries suffered by the bicycle rider.

Source:, "Hopkins student in coma after bicycle accident, father says," John-John Williams IV, 2/28/2011

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