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UPDATE: FPU student in critical condition

  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • First responders from the Rindge Fire Department and Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance provide medical assistance to a Franklin Pierce University student, who sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on Monday night. The student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center and remains in the intensive care unit.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    First responders from the Rindge Fire Department and Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance provide medical assistance to a Franklin Pierce University student, who sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on Monday night. The student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center and remains in the intensive care unit.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • A helicopter carrying an 18-year-old Franklin Pierce University student takes off from Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge for UMass Medical Center on Monday night.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    A helicopter carrying an 18-year-old Franklin Pierce University student takes off from Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge for UMass Medical Center on Monday night.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • First responders from the Rindge Fire Department and Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance provide medical assistance to a Franklin Pierce University student, who sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on Monday night. The student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center and remains in the intensive care unit.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • A Franklin Pierce University student was airlifed to UMass Medical Center on Monday night, after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on University Drive in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • A helicopter carrying an 18-year-old Franklin Pierce University student takes off from Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge for UMass Medical Center on Monday night.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

RINDGE — A Franklin Pierce University student remained in critical condition at UMass Medical Center on Wednesday, two days after he sustained a serious head injury in a skateboarding accident on the FPU campus.

The 18-year-old, whose name has not been released, was not wearing a helmet Monday evening when he fell from a skateboard and hit his head on the pavement, according to Fire Chief Rick Donovan.

As of press time Wednesday, the student was being treated at UMass Medical Center’s intensive care unit.

When Rindge police, fire and Jaffrey-Rindge Ambulance personnel responded to the intersection of University Drive and Ingalls Road at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Donovan said they found the student laying on the ground and unconscious. The student was bleeding from his head, Donovan said, but the extent of the student’s injuries was unknown at the time.

The 18-year-old and another university student were skateboarding at the intersection of University Drive and Ingalls Road, when they allegedly collided with each other at a high-rate of speed, according to Donovan.

The second student sustained minor road rash to his face, knees and hands, and is going to be OK, Donovan said, adding that the boy’s injuries did not require transport to the hospital.

“He wasn’t sure how it happened,” Donovan said, referring to the second student’s recollection of the collision.

Concern about the 18-year-old’s lack of consciousness prompted first responders to request a helicopter from UMass to airlift the student there for treatment. The helicopter met first responders at Cathedral of the Pines shortly after 7 p.m.

Monday’s tragic incident at FPU has since sparked discussions between Rindge fire and university officials about the need for joint education on protective gear for skateboarders, according to Donovan.

“We both agree to the need and will be moving forward,” Donovan wrote in an email to the Ledger-Transcript on Tuesday.

Lisa Murray, director of university relations and creative services, wrote in an email to the Ledger-Transcript on Wednesday that the university has no new information to release about the student at this time. The university declined to comment on the incident or to discuss what preventive measures it plans to take in the future.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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