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Student Sustains Minor Injuries After Being Struck by Automobile

By Jennifer Lane
contributing editor

Joel R. Palacios '96 is doing well following a brief stay at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, where he was taken after being struck by a car on Memorial Drive last Friday afternoon.

The run-in was one of an unusual number of accidents Friday, which included another pedestrian hit by a car and a nine-car pileup, both on Memorial Drive, according to state police.

An officer on the scene ascribed the rash of accidents to the increase in pedestrian traffic, which in turn was probably a result of Friday having been the year's first warm-weather day.

Palacios and a friend had been jogging along the river side of Memorial Drive just outside of New House, heading toward Massachusetts Avenue.

Palacios hit while crossing

Palacios tried to cut across the road but forgot to check for traffic. "I had just finished a long run and was kind of tired and not really thinking," Palacios said. "I thought the road was just one way, and saw that traffic was clear. Ididn't think to look behind me."

He was struck from behind by a car going around 50 miles an hour, according to state police. "I kind-of did a back somersault into the windshield," Palacios said.

Palacios was taken immediately to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, where he was admitted for overnight observation and listed in very stable condition, according to Beth Israel Public Relations Spokesperson Cooper Toulmin.

Palacios received stitches for several head lacerations and was released.

The posted speed limit on Memorial Drive is 30 mph, although traffic typically moves at closer to 50 mph, according to state police. The driver of the car is not likely to be implicated in any wrongdoing, according to state police.

The Campus Police could not be reached for comment.

Ramy A. Arnaout contributed to the reporting of this story.