Penn State student flown to Altoona with injuries following bike crash

A 27-year-old Penn State student was flown to UPMC Altoona, due to injuries he sustained from a bicycle crash, State College police said early Friday.

It wasn’t clear from the news release when exactly the crash occurred and with what the student collided.

Police said several people witnessed him riding down South Allen Street and crashing as he turned onto Old Boalsburg Road.

Police said he was not wearing a helmet and there was no lighting on his bicycle. A helicopter landed at Memorial Field downtown to transport the student, according to witnesses.

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said student affairs staff has been in contact with the hospital as well as with the victim’s roommate and state police.

“He remains in the hospital in Altoona,” Powers wrote in an email. “It appears he lost control of his bike while riding home.”

Powers said she first learned of the accident at 2 a.m., adding that the university has been trying to reach his parents, who are from Japan. Powers said there are translators waiting to assist.