Family: U-M employee struck by truck last week in coma following surgery
The man hit by a truck last week near the University of Michigan campus is in a coma following a surgery Sunday, his niece said.
Hospital officials said Tuesday the man was in critical condition, a change from last Thursday when he was listed in fair condition.
Lissa Danek, the man's niece, said he had surgery Sunday to remove part of his skull because the pressure on his brain was abnormally high.
"He responded well to the surgery and is currently recovering," Danek wrote in an email Tuesday. "They did have him in a medically-induced coma and are letting up on the amount of medication to hopefully slowly, but surely, bring him out of the coma. The outcome is still undetermined."
The man is in his 40s and employed as a scientific researcher at U-M. Danek asked that her uncle's name not be published.
The man was crossing Church Street around noon June 5 when he was hit by a university pick-up truck, police said. The driver was headed east on South University Avenue and had come to a halt at the Church Street stop sign. The driver then attempted to make a lefthand turn and struck the man who was walking through the crosswalk. Police said the driver did not see the pedestrian.
"His head took the majority of the impact, which left most of his body without major injury," Danek said in an email last week. She stated her uncle suffered multiple skull and face fractures.
Ann Arbor police Ofc. Steven Dye, who is heading up the investigation, said Tuesday no charges or citations have been issued against the driver. Once the man's final medical condition is known and the investigation is complete, it would be up to the prosector's office to determine what, if any, offenses were committed, he added.
In the meantime, police are reviewing footage from security cameras of nearby businesses and looking for more eye witnesses to interview.
“We’re still trying to dig up some more information,” Dye said. “Different perspectives help us.”
The driver was employed by U-M as a seasonal grounds worker and is currently off the job while police continue the investigation, according to university spokesman Rick Fitzgerald.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police at (734) 794-6920.