There is some sad news from the family of a Johns Hopkins student who was critically injured while riding his bike near campus back in February. Members of Nathan Krasnopoler's family say doctors do not expect him to recover.
Meanwhile, advocates for cyclists are working to strengthen laws against drivers who put them in danger.
Back on February 26th, Krasnopoler was riding his bike -- in the bike lane on University Parkway -- and police say an 83-year-old woman cut him off. She struck his bike -- and trapped him under her car.
His parents now say Nathan's lungs collapsed, cutting off oxygen to his brain.
They released a statement, saying: “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. Based on a series of tests, including a very recent MRI, the doctors have no hope for a meaningful recovery."
‘It's terrible. And it's terrible for every one of these families that suffer, and lose a child or lose a husband,’ said Carol Silldorff, of the advocacy group “Bike Maryland.”
She says right now a driver in Maryland who negligently causes a crash that kills a cyclist can't face criminal charges. “That person would go to traffic court, and the fine might just be a few hundred dollars,” she said.
A bill that would strengthen the law has passed in the House of Delegates -- but could face an uphill battle in the State Senate. “It establishes where a judge can give up to three years of jail time and up to 5000 dollars of a penalty,’ Silldorff said. “In our mind it is a crime. When somebody kills somebody else because they're absolutely not paying attention on the road, it is a crime.”
There's a hearing on the bill Wednesday at one o'clock in front of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
Wednesday is also the one year anniversary of a crash involving a car and a bicycle in Baltimore County, which killed cyclist Larry Bensky of Owings Mills.
The Bike Maryland group has organized a ride from Baltimore to Annapolis Wednesday morning in support of that bill.
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