Computer science professor hit by car



(Photo courtesy of @kartoone76)

Computer science professor Brian Toone is currently at UAB Hospital after colliding with a car while riding his bike Monday afternoon. UAB Hospital reported Monday night that Toone was in fair condition.

Toone has a broken jaw, broken shoulder blade, some fractured ribs and a damaged medial collateral ligament (MCL). Toone’s fellow professor Gregory Kawell visited him in the hospital and described him as “very banged up.” He will remain at UAB for a few more days before returning home to make a slow but full recovery.

“The outpouring of support from people all over the country has been great,” Kawell said. “He is really encouraged by all the support the Samford family has already shown him and his family.”

Toone posted an Instagram photo Tuesday morning from UAB, stating that he was “in a lot of pain but hanging in there.”

Vestavia Hills Police Department spokesman Lt. Brian Gilham said police and firefighters were called to the scene of the accident, at the corner of South Cove Lane and South Cove Drive, around 2:45 p.m. Monday. As of Tuesday morning, Gilham said the officer investigating the case does not have any more information about what happened.

Toone is a frequent competitive cyclist and rides his bike to work every day. This semester, he is teaching four classes. Professor Steve Donaldson said the mathematics and computer science department is still working on the best way to proceed with Toone’s classes and will make a decision within the next few days.

Mathematics and computer science professor Steve Donaldson said he and Kawell will be covering Toone’s classes for the rest of the semester.

Edited 8:28 p.m. Wednesday to correct Gregory Kawell’s name.
Edited 1:49 p.m. Thursday with updated information and photo.

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