IU Student Critically Injured During Little 500 Practice

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Credit: File/Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Indiana University Little 500

Gallery
  • Click to enlarge

    Indiana University Little 500

    (File/Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive)

5 photos

April 19, 2014 Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (21Alive) - An Indiana University student was critically injured Thursday in a bicycle crash during practice for the Little 500.

Lauren Gill, 23, of South Bend, Ind., was riding with the IU Nursing Cycling Team when she flipped on her bike and landed on her head an shoulders.

Teammates say Gill collided with another cyclist who had suddenly slowed down, leaving Gill unable to avoid the crash.

Gill was flown from Bloomington to an Indianapolis hospital.

The Little 500--scheduled for Fri., Apr. 25 & Sat., Apr. 26--is a series of bike races featuring student organizations in men's race and women's race. Little 500 was first run in 1951, and is the basis of the 1979 film, Breaking Away. An estimated 25,000 people will pack IU's Armstrong Stadium for the races.




What are your thoughts CLICK HERE to leave us a "QUESTION OF THE DAY” comment.

Want to be in the know for the next weather event, the next school closing or the next big breaking news story?

TextCaster alerts from 21Alive.com are your defining source for instant information delivered right to your cell phone and email. It's free, easy and instant. Sign-Up Now!

Powered by Summit City Chevrolet



© Copyright 2014, A Granite Broadcasting Station. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.