A Texas State student was rushed to the hospital after being knocked unconscious outside of Alkek Library Parking Garage.
The student fell off his skateboard Tuesday night leaving behind a puddle of blood to mark the severity of the crash.
The scene of the accident attracted more than 50 students who silently watched the disoriented student yell and attempt to fight off emergency medical technicians after regaining consciousness.
Veronica Page, interdisciplinary studies senior who witnessed the accident, said the student was speeding out of the garage before he proceeded to crash, flipping twice.
Page said she and another student immediately went to the site of wreckage to see if the student was okay.
“I ran over and saw that he was unconscious and bleeding badly from his head,” Page said. “He also started seizing.”
Page said she called 911 and was directed instructions in how to care for the injured student while waiting for the ambulance who arrived around two minutes after the call was made.
Coby Silverman, Texas State alumni, who is roommates with the wounded student, said he and a friend had skated down the garage’s hill twice, prior to the accident.
“We were just (messing) around,” Silverman said. “When I passed him I thought, ‘He ate it, whatever, it happens.’”
Silverman realized something was wrong and returned to the mouth of the garage where his roommate remained immobile.
“My first thought was ‘Holy (crap),’” Silverman said.
Silverman said his roommate’s violent reaction was out of character compared to a usual “laid back” personality.
Silverman said his roommate probably was overwhelmed. The EMTs had to sedate him in order to get him into the ambulance.
Silverman said he could not gauge how bad the gash on the back of his roommate’s head was.
“It was dark and all I could see was the blood,” Silverman said.
— Staff report compiled by Jena Coolidge, news reporter