April 11, 2011

Bicyclist Nathan Krasnopoler not expected to recover

The parents of Nathan Krasnopoler, the Johns Hopkins student who was hit by a car when riding his bicycle Feb. 26 near the Homewood campus, released a statement last week saying that doctors at The Johns Hopkins Hospital have advised the family that the 20-year-old sophomore is not expected to recover any cognitive function.

The accident occurred when a car driven by an 83-year-old woman made a right turn in front of Krasnopoler, cutting off his lane of travel and causing him to collide with the car, which then ran him over. Krasnopoler’s lungs collapsed and he stopped breathing while trapped under the vehicle. He sustained third- and fourth-degree burns on his face and torso, and bone fractures, and was taken by ambulance to JHH in critical condition. Technicians reported that his heart stopped in the ambulance, but they were able to revive him.

According to his family, Krasnopoler arrived at the hospital in a coma and remains unresponsive. They report that he is now in stable condition.