Vigil Held For Seriously Injured Hopkins Student

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Johns Hopkins University student is in a coma, injured after he was hit by a car while riding his bike.

Kai Jackson explains nearly 100 cyclists rode through Baltimore Wednesday night in honor of Nathan Krasnopoler.

Krasnopoler is in a coma after being hit on his bike, but family and friends are devoting all of their prayers and energy to his recovery.

It’s a show of solidarity in East Baltimore as a group of cyclists rally to support Krasnopoler.  The 20-year-old Johns Hopkins sophomore was hit by a car while riding his bike on Feb. 26.

“There’s really no way to predict what the outcome will be for him and brain injury is very variable,” said his mother, Susan Cohen.

Krasnopoler survived, but remains in a coma at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He sustained brain injuries, bone fractures, cuts and bruises.  He was trapped under the vehicle when paramedics arrived and received third-degree burns on his face and torso.

City police say an 83-year-old woman trying to make a right turn in her car hit Krasnopoler.

“If you see a bicycle, you really need to pay attention to where it is and if you need to wait a few seconds, wait a few seconds,” said his father, Mitchell Krasnopoler.  “Our life has been turned upside down.”

Krasnopoler is a computer science major at Johns Hopkins.  A young man who loved urban living and never wanted a car is now inspiring others, who are demanding safety for cyclists.

“The bike lanes aren’t clearly marked.  In fact, a lot of times the bike lanes disappear so there’s no continuity,” said Marla Streb.

Doctors say Krasnopoler will require multiple surgeries to treat his burns.

  • Robin

    I feel sad for this young man and his family and I hope he has a complete recovery but, I also want to say something about some of the bike riders I encounter. It’s my understanding that cyclist are to follow the same rules of the road as a vehicle. I have certainly come across my share of cyclists that do everything but follow any laws. I have seen them weave in and out of traffic, run red lights. I almost had a collision with one, I was in the far left right turn lane and when the light changed there was a cyclist in the right turn only lane that was going straight as I was in my turn she almost collided with me.
    As I said, I hope this young man has a full recovery.

    • Lysh

      Robin, what does your experience have to do with Nathan, who was riding lawfully in his own bike lane? Bicyclists have legal rights to be on the road, and are continually frustrated with drivers lack of respect and endangerment. Drivers continue to break the 3′ passing distance law and fail to yeild right of way to bicyclists – as is evident with Nathan’s incident. You may be frustrated by bicylists, but imagine how bicylists feel when drivers break traffic laws endangering their lives.

      • Billiam

        Lysh, I don’t thnk Robin was trying to anger you or other bicyclists by her comments. She was only stating some facts that she has encountered. She never said the bicyclists don’t deserve to be on the road nor did she say that all bicyclists don’t obey traffic laws. Much like the drivers in this world, you’re going to have good ones and bad ones, just like bicyclists. Before you go on some kind of rant questioning someone’s “experience,” think about what you’re typing before you hit that “submit” button.

      • dukiebiddle

        Billiam, Lysh was not ranting. Lysh was making extremely valid points, without being hostile or antagonistic to Robin. Thousands more motorists are recklessly using the roads in Baltimore every day than cyclists. I see motorists run lights every single day. Let’s focus on the issue at hand, the victim and what caused his injuries, which have absolutely nothing to do with Nathan’s actions.

        Perhaps you should take your own advice.

      • Alan

        I will make the argument that bicyclists shouldn’t be on the road. At a minimum they should be trained, licensed, insured, and required to wear yellow vests. If I’m expected to pay extra attention to a bike, that’s less attention I can spend on pedestrians and other vehicles. One bicyclist can significantly impede the traffic flow of traffic. For example, I’ve seen a line of 10-12 cars moving down the street at 5mph behind a bike. From these inconveniences, to infringements on the rights of and unreasonable expectations placed upon motorists, to the fact that bicyclists are not shouldering any burden in maintaining the roads they use, to this horrible accident, clearly the net impact of bicycling on society is negative. For instance, can’t get 3′ of clearance on many Baltimore streets, so that sort of law makes no sense. Clearly, bicycling on the road is extremely dangerous and no law or education is going to change that. People partake in dangerous activities all the time (swimming, climbing, etc) but it’s a known risk that you implicitly accept.

  • Jay

    How ironic that the City of Baltimore has began marking bike lanes, yet, there are no bike lanes surrounding Baltimore City Hall.

  • Lysh

    Billiam – she was stating irrelevant facts about allegedly unlawful bicycle riders. In this context, her comments indirectly inferred that Nathan was riding unlawfully or somehow deserved what happened to him based on an experience she had with another cyclist. It simply doesn’t belong here and is in poor taste.

  • Thomas Mackay

    Yes emotions run high on this issue and we all hope for a day when a mutual respect exists between users of the streets.

  • glue39

    When I see a car _cautiously & safely_ run a red light, I have to smile. When riding my bicycle, I don’t like to wait for lights either. Part of the problem is, the current roads & laws are designed for cars. On a bicycle, I’m often safer when I break the law. And car drivers, admit it, wouldn’t you rather have me thru that light and gone… than having me in front of you, wabbling to a slow start and holding up everybody behind me? Thanks, -=G=-

    • Alan

      Passing a bike is the worst part of sharing the road with them. Basically, when it’s car vs. bike, it’s always the car’s fault. So if you hit a hole and wobble over into my car when I’m passing you, it’s going to be my a** being crucified on the news. Even if there was nothing I could do about it. That’s terrifying, so passing bikes is probably the most stressful part of driving in the city.

      Point is, the worst thing a bicyclist can do is ride all the way up to the front of all the cars that just passed them, then run the red light and force everyone to pass them again.

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