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Bike accident near Main Quad leaves grad student injured

Student taken to Stanford Hospital with potentially broken, dislocated arm


After colliding with a biker near the roundabout colloquially known as the “Circle of Death” on Monday morning, a female graduate student was taken to Stanford Hospital by paramedics to treat a potentially broken or dislocated arm, the Palo Alto fire department confirmed to The Daily.

The graduate student was on an electric scooter when she collided with James Zhuang ’21, who told The Daily that he was riding his bike off the arcades by Building 260 and onto Escondido Mall when he “bumped shoulders” with the graduate student shortly before noon. The student then “flew off” her scooter, Zhuang said.

After paramedics examined her left arm at the scene, she was taken to Stanford Hospital for further treatment.

Zhuang was told by members of the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) on the scene that they would “be in touch” to discuss next steps. Although SUDPS told Zhuang that the graduate student had the right of way, he was not informed of what, if any, legal action would follow. SUDPS spokesperson Bill Larson declined to comment on any potential legal action but noted that the incident is under investigation.

Barry Marchisio, a member of the Palo Alto fire department present after the incident, would not confirm the graduate student’s identity to The Daily but stressed the importance of helmets while biking.


This article was updated to include that the incident is under investigation. It was also corrected to reflect that The Daily spoke to the Palo Alto fire department, not the police department. The Daily regrets this error.

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Erin Woo '21 is a Managing Editor of News. A communications major and creative writing minor, she plans to pursue a career in journalism. She has also reported for The Mercury News and WNYC. Contact her at erinkwoo 'at'