The vice president of Weber State University’s hockey club was struck by a car yesterday morning while riding his bike on the northwest side of campus.
WSU student Jordan Faas, 25, has been in McKay-Dee Hospital since yesterday. He had a gash on his forehead and numerous cuts on the left side of his face after the accident.
Faas had the gash stapled shut by a surgeon yesterday, said Braxton Green, president of the hockey club.
Kylie Jones, a WSU sophomore and radiology major, was driving the red Mazda that hit Faas.
Jones attempted to make a U-turn on Edvalson Street and hit Faas, according to Cpl. Cliff Hamilton, a WSU police officer on the scene.
Jones said Faas’ head struck the windshield first. Faas was not wearing a helmet, according to Hamilton.
WSU police and paramedics responded to Jones’ 911 call within minutes and arrived on the scene around 10:15 a.m.
Angela Rackham saw the bicycle on the road and pulled over to help. She and her vehicle’s passenger, Carlo Paz, are both trained medics in the U.S. Army. They both said other people were on the scene as well by the time they pulled over.
“I see a bike on the road, and I’m like, immediately, ‘I need to pull over,’” Rackham said. “We stopped, pulled over, came over here and saw blood all over this guy.”
Paz said Faas had glass embedded in his face and a large cut on his forehead.
“I’ve seen a lot of accidents, but I’ve never been in one,” Jones said. “I’m hoping that I’ll know when he’s OK.”
Faas’ girlfriend called Green and told him about the accident. Green then visited Faas in the emergency room shortly after Faas was admitted.
“He was joking around, and I think he’ll be fine,” Green said.
Although Faas does not play on the hockey team, Green said Faas is the team’s anchor.
“I talked to him, and he was worried about our home opener rather than recovering,” Green said. “He does our game-day promotions and operations, so that’s going to hurt us.”
According to Sgt. James Wagner, the accident is still being investigated.