(UPDATED 3:30 p.m.) — The 20-year-old who was struck by a car while biking on University Parkway in February is not expected to regain cognitive functions, according to an e-mail sent to students, faculty and staff.
"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," the e-mail states. "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."
The e-mail, from Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, was sent at Krasnopoler's family's request, according to the university.
The Krasnopoler family issued a press release this afternoon detailing Nathan Krasnopoler's current condition. Doctors have told family members that his brain damage appears to be permanent, the release stated.
"Based on a series of tests, including a very recent MRI, the doctors have no hope for a meaningful recovery," according to the release.
On Feb. 26 Krasnopoler was struck by 83-year-old Jeanette Marie Walke while riding his bike. His family is suing Walke for $10 million. Walke has not been charged in the incident.