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Car Accident Injures Student

By Vipul Bhushan
Contributing Editor

An MIT freshman was struck by a car while crossing Massachusetts Avenue yesterday afternoon. A gray Hyundai driven toward Boston by a person unaffiliated with MIT hit Bobby A. Apodaca '96 around 2 p.m.

Apodaca was attempting to cross the street from the Student Center toward Building 9, halfway between two stoplights on Massachusetts Avenue. He suffered light injuries which kept him in the hospital for almost four hours.

MIT Campus Police and Cambridge Police both responded to the incident. Apodaca recalled passing out briefly when he was struck. He was, however, in good spirits as he was being prepared to board an ambulance, according to Campus Police Patrol Officer Ted Lewis, who was present at the scene.

Apodaca was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital by the Professional Ambulance Company. He was admitted to the emergency room and discharged around 6 p.m. after being treated. The Campus Police then returned him to his East Campus room.

In his room yesterday evening, Apodaca said he felt "fine," despite having suffered lacerations on the side of his head which required four stitches. His left knee was also injured in the accident, and was still sore yesterday evening, he said.

Apodaca resolved to be more careful when crossing the street in the future. This accident will also make him more likely to "use the crosswalk" from now on, he said.