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St. Thomas student suffers traumatic brain injury after being hit while biking

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A University of St. Thomas student is in critical condition after being hit by a car while riding his bike near campus Saturday morning.

Evan Steeves, a senior electrical engineering major from Maple Grove, is being treated for a brain injury at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, the university says.

Steeves was biking around 11:45 a.m. Saturday when he was hit and thrown into the windshield of a vehicle, a post on his CaringBridge page says. The right side of his head took the impact, causing him to suffer a traumatic brain injury.

He underwent a five-hour surgery before being moved into the intensive care unit, with doctors noting the first two to four days is the most critical time because that's when brain swelling occurs, the post says.

In an update on his CaringBridge page Sunday, his family said doctors had "very positive things to say" about Steeves' condition, noting brain scans show the surgery was successful in relieving the pressure on his brain.

He is able to open his eyes when spoken to, nod his head and follow commands, and doctors are looking at the possibility of removing his breathing tube on Monday, the post notes.

The university says the family is "asking for prayers for Evan and for the driver who hit him," and a prayer service was held at the university's chapel Sunday night.

St. Paul police told FOX 9 that witness accounts of the incident indicate the vehicle had the right of way when Steeves was hit. The driver has been cooperative in the investigation, the news station notes.

In 2014, there were five fatal bicycle-motor vehicle crashes and 37 incidents that cause severe injury, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Bicycle fatalities have been on the decline in Minnesota in recent years, reports show.

BringMeTheNews has reached out to the St. Paul Police Department for more information on the incident.

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