U of M student seriously injured, but recovering, after being hit by cab


A University of Minnesota student is in the hospital with serious injuries he suffered when a taxi struck him late Thursday night.

22-year-old Teddy O'Reilly was in the Dinkytown area leaving a Gophers football game when he attempted to cross the street and collided with an Airport Taxi, FOX 9 reports.

According to his CaringBridge profile, O'Reilly suffered a fractured skull, an enlarged pulmonary artery, several broken bones, and was being treated for "four brain bleeds."

According to FOX 9, it's unclear whether the 22-year-old had used a crosswalk when he was struck; however, KARE 11 reported earlier that he had "darted" into the street.

However, O'Reilly told BringMeTheNews that this was not the case. He says two lanes of traffic waved him across the street, and when he attempted to cross, a speeding taxi in the third lane hit him.

The unidentified cabdriver pulled over after hitting O'Reilly and was "cooperating" with investigators, according to the Pioneer Press.

While the accident is being investigated, the student is making small steps towards recovery.

An update on CaringBridge Friday afternoon indicates O'Reilly's breathing tube had been removed and that the 22-year-old was sitting up in bed and responding to questions "every now and then."

It was the first time he'd spoken since the accident, the update added.

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