Hopkins student in coma after bicycle accident, father says

No charges likely after incident near Johns Hopkins' Homewood campus, police says

February 27, 2011|By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun

A 20-year-old bicyclist and Johns Hopkins University student who was struck by a vehicle Saturday is in a coma, his father said Sunday.

Nathan Krasnopoler, a second-year engineering student, was in a coma at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Sunday, according to his father, Mitchell Krasnopoler.

"He had no pulse in the ambulance, they told us, but they were able to revive him," Mitchell Krasnopoler said.

Nathan Krasnopoler was taken to the hospital Saturday after he was struck by a vehicle at 11:50 a.m. near the Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore.

The student was riding his bike in a marked bike lane on West University Parkway at the intersection with West 39th Street when he was hit by a vehicle trying to turn right, said Detective Kevin Brown, a city police spokesman. When officers arrived, Krasnopoler was trapped under the vehicle, according to a police report.

No charges or citations have or are likely to be filed against the driver of the vehicle, an 83-year-old woman, Brown said.

Police said Krasnopoler was in critical but stable condition.

Tracey Reeves, a Hopkins spokeswoman, confirmed that the bicyclist was a Hopkins undergraduate. She said she believed he was studying engineering.

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