Two Hopkins students struck near campus

Driver taken into police custody, charges pending

May 07, 2011|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

A Johns Hopkins University student was in critical condition Saturday with a head injury after he was struck by a car at the intersection of St. Paul and W. 33rd streets, police said.

The 21-year-old sophomore is expected to survive, as is another student who was hit by the car at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday.

Police said the driver who struck the students at the intersection near the university might have been intoxicated.

Hopkins Dean of Student Life Susan K. Boswell identified the students in an email to the campus community as Benjamin Zucker and freshman Rachel Cohen, 18. Police said Zucker was in critical condition but is expected to survive. Cohen is also expected to survive.

The driver of the white 2010 Chevrolet Impala that stuck them was taken into custody, police said. Police said discussion of charges was pending with the state's attorney's office.

"At the university's request, Baltimore police have agreed to institute a traffic checkpoint in the area of the accident tonight and next weekend," Boswell wrote.

Police said the two students were taken to an area hospital. Boswell wrote that they were conscious at the accident scene.

Another Johns Hopkins student suffered a catastrophic brain injury in February when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on West University Parkway near West 39th St.

The family of 20-year-old sophomore Nathan Krasnopoler, who has been comatose since the Feb. 26 collision, has said he is not expected to make a meaningful recovery.

Driver Jeannette Marie Walke, 83, has been charged with negligent driving and failure to yield the right-of-way to a bicyclist in a designated bike lane.

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