injured student’s condition

Brent Finnegan -- February 1st, 2008

As you may already know, on January 29, JMU freshman Bria Jahrling was struck by a car on campus (possibly by a silver Audi driven by a male student). Now TV3 is reporting that “Jahrling was in critical condition Thursday night. That was downgraded from serious condition earlier in the day.”

Two days ago, the DNR reported that police investigated the scene. Currently, no charges have been filed against the driver, as the ongoing investigation has been turned over to Marsha Garst’s office.

9 Responses to “injured student’s condition”

  1. Evan Dyson says:

    I question the last sentence of the WHSV report. Critical is more extreme than serious, so it would not be a ‘downgraded’ status

  2. finnegan says:

    Good point, Evan. I was confused about that as well.

  3. Evan Dyson says:

    The Breeze will continue to cover this story and should have updates periodically. I’ve been working on this story since it happened.

  4. Dave Briggman says:

    If your condition was SERIOUS and it’s now CRITICAL it is a DOWNGRADE.

  5. finnegan says:

    “Downgraded” meaning “worsened.” I see now.

    I hope Jahrling is able to pull through.

  6. Well NOW, WHSV reported that she is in “Fair” condition as of the noon report. I hope this is true and she will begin the long road to recovery.

  7. Evan Dyson says:

    We just confirmed fair condition at The Breeze as well.

  8. finnegan says:

    WSVA reports that no charges will be filed against the driver in this case:

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst said in a statement today that a police investigation revealed that neither Jahrling, nor fellow J-M-U student 22-year-old Matthew Brizon Birzon of Setauket, New York, the driver of the car that struck Jahrling, had time to react to avoid the impact.

    Jahrling is currently at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, a Baltimore rehabilitation center.

  9. Evan says:

    For those following along, more info I published this morning:

    Also, as a clarification, the official reports wrote the name of the driver as Brizon. Through research that was a typo. It’s Birzon.

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