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JHU Bicyclist Krasnopoler Not Expected To Recover

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BALTIMORE (Baltimore Sun/WJZ) — Nathan Krasnopoler, the 20-year-old Johns Hopkins University student who was struck by a motorist while bicycling on University Parkway in February, is not expected to recover, according to a statement released by the university.

Hopkins spokesman Dennis O’Shea said the following email from Nicholas Jones, dean of the school of engineering, was released at the request of the family:

“We have sad news to report regarding Nathan Krasnopoler, our student who was hit by a car and critically injured on Feb. 26. Nathan’s family has informed us that the brain damage that Nathan sustained as a result of the accident appears to be permanent and he is not expected to recover any cognitive function. We are deeply saddened to learn this and ask that everyone join us in keeping Nathan and his family in their thoughts at this very difficult time.”

Krasnopoler had been in a coma since the collision. His case has aroused anger among the region’s bicycle advocates, who saw the Baltimore police department’s original response as inadequate. The police have since promised a thorough investigation.

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