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John Hopkins community witnesses serious hit-and-run accident

A hit-and-run accident devastated the Johns Hopkins University community this weekend as two college students were injured by a reckless driver. Investigators report that the accident took place in the early hours of Saturday morning near the university campus and sent one of the victims to a local trauma center with serious injuries.

Through a statement from Johns Hopkins' Dean of Student Life, the university informed students about the car accident and reassured the academic community that both of the victims were likely to recover from their injuries. The Dean also reported that a suspect had been reprehended by the Baltimore police, although charges have yet to be filed.

Fortunately for the victims of the hit-and-run encounter, a John Hopkins University security guard saw the accident take place and was able to act quickly to both help police officers track down the perpetrator and alert local emergency responders regarding the victims' condition.

According to the Dean of Student Life, participants in the Hopkins Emergency Response Unit treated their fellow students' injuries until the ambulance could arrive.

This is the second serious car accident to take place near the University's campus since the beginning of the calendar year. Several months earlier, an elderly driver struck a 20-year-old Johns Hopkins student, inflicting him with critical, long-lasting injuries.

Perhaps due to the combined effect of these two incidents, Baltimore police officers have pledged to establish a traffic stop near the accident site in order to protect against further injuries during the upcoming weekend.

Depending on the speed of the victims' recovery, these Johns Hopkins students and their families could live in the shadow of this accident for a long time. Once the police investigation has conclusively identified the hit-and-run driver, he or she may face both criminal charges as well as damage compensation claims from both victims.

Source: Baltimore Sun, "Baltimore Crime Beat: Two Johns Hopkins students struck by hit-and-run driver." Peter Hermann, 7 May 2011

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