Indiana University student critically in Little 500 practice

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (April 18, 2014)– An Indiana University student was critically injured on Thursday afternoon during practice for the Little 500.

Senior Lauren Gill, 23, who was racing for the IU Nursing team, was several laps into a 25-lap practice race, when a rider in front of Gill slowed their speed.  University officials said Gill had nowhere to direct her bike and struck the bike in front of her, throwing her to the ground. Gill landed on her head and shoulders.

Gill’s teammates, who are all nurses, and medical personnel rushed to her and were able to stabilize her.  She was transported by ambulance to IU Health Bloomington Hospital and later flown by medical helicopter to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.  As of Friday morning, she was listed in critical condition.

“We have tremendous respect for these students who train so hard for an event that provides scholarships that help other students fulfill their educational goals,” said Dan Smith, president of the Indiana University Foundation, in a statement. “Lauren, her family, teammates, and friends are in our thoughts at this difficult time.”

The Little 500 is scheduled to be run on April 25-26.