A Florida A&M University student was paralyzed over the weekend. Tavaras Brown and three others were ejected from a van after another student driving the vehicle lost control.
Five FAMU students from the Bahamas never made it to Pensacola where they were supposed to perform in a Mardi Gras parade. Eyewitnesses say their van overturned Saturday just outside of Pensacola on I-10.
Four of the students were ejected.
Larry Robinson, FAMU Provost, says, “The most serious injury was a severed spine. All indications indicate he is paralyzed from the neck down.”
Two other students also remain hospitalized with serious injuries including a fractured pelvis and broken ankle. FAMU administrators say they left for Pensacola as soon as they got word.
“Many of the parents flew in from the Bahamas and we wanted to provide support as much as we could,” says Dr. Patricia Green Powell of FAMU Student Affairs.
News of the accident spread quickly throughout campus, some students were even responding over the weekend. By the time we were leaving, students were there. They had driven the distance from Tallahassee.
The family of the student who was paralyzed wants to transport him closer to home in Miami.
An account has been set up at FAMU for anyone who would like to make a donation. For more information, call 850-599-3183.