PILSEN — People are rallying to raise money for a University of Illinois Chicago student cyclist after he was critically injured this week in Pilsen.
A GoFundMe campaign launched Friday aims to raise money for a student identified as Thomas, a cyclist who was critically injured Wednesday when a passenger in a parked car opened the door, knocking him to the street before he was hit by another car. As of Friday afternoon, $7,285 has been raised toward the campaign’s $20,000 goal to “alleviate the financial burden the family is facing.”
At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a 25-year-old cyclist was traveling eastbound in the 1100 block of West 18th Street when a passenger in a parked car opened the door, knocking the man on the street, said Officer Jessica Rocco, a Chicago Police spokeswoman. A vehicle traveling eastbound on 18th Street then hit the cyclist, she said.
The seriously injured man was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, Rocco said.
The passenger, who opened the door, was issued a citation, police said.
Thomas recently arrived in Chicago to attend graduate school at UIC, according to the campaign page. He was studying architecture and was described by professors as “super special and a huge talent,” the page says.
The UIC student, who remains unconscious and in critical condition, suffered severe brain damage as a result of the accident, the page said.
“Due to the severity of his brain injury, he underwent brain surgery last night and will likely require several more surgeries on his long road to recovery,” the page’s organizer wrote. “As you can imagine, this accident is absolutely devastating.”
Thomas’ family have traveled to Chicago from North Carolina and Boston to be by his side during the recovery.
The fundraiser seeks to raise money to keep his family, who has traveled to Chicago from North Carolina and Boston, by his side and help with “mounting medical bills.”
You can help support Thomas’ recovery here.