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Student Hit by Bus While Riding Bicycle

By Reuven M. Lerner
News Editor

Christopher H. Prince '92, a 21-year-old management major and the president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, was severely injured on Tuesday afternoon when an MBTA bus hit his bicycle from behind.

According to the Metropolitan District Commission Police, the accident occurred on the Harvard Bridge at about 5:45 p.m. Witnesses told MDC officers that Prince, who was riding toward MIT on the Harvard Bridge, swerved in front of the bus, presumably because of the wet snow that had just started to fall.

"He was about eight feet away from the front of the bus when we found him, and he was obviously injured, so we began to give him some emergency medical service and notified the police jurisdiction," said Anne P. Glavin, chief of Campus Police. She said that Campus Police were notified of the accident by an anonymous caller at 5:37 p.m.

"Our people found the student lying on the side of the street. His bike was under the passenger-side front tire of the bus," she added.

Prince, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was taken to Beth Israel Hospital for what a spokesperson called "serious injuries." As of last night, the hospital would say only that Prince was in surgical intensive care.

The MDC police said that while officers filled out an accident report, they did not issue a citation or file any charges against the bus driver or the MBTA.

`Still very disoriented'

Richard A. Kroes '92, vice president of SAE, said that Prince was going "back and forth out of consciousness," but that he had suffered "no major brain damage."

"He's chipped one of the vertebrae just underneath his skull. He's not paralyzed -- he can talk. He responds to people, but he's still very disoriented," Kroes added.

Kroes said that the fraternity heard of the accident through Prince's mother, who called them Tuesday evening.

"He's doing very well, considering what happened," Kroes said. "It doesn't seem very fair that this happened to him. But he's tough kid, and he'll recover."