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UGA student suffers head injuries after being knocked from scooter

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A University of Georgia student was struck by a vehicle and thrown from his scooter into the vehicle’s windshield late Monday afternoon in Athens.

So far, no charges have been filed in the incident, which is still under investigation, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on Broad Street when Mr. Willie Slim Jordan, of Spring Valley Road, was driving a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta eastbound in the inside lane, police spokeswoman Ms. Hilda Sorrow said in a news release.

The student, Mr. Raphael Arbelaez, of Forston, was riding a scooter northbound on Church Street when an eastbound city transit bus stopped in the outside lane, Ms. Sorrow said.

The bus had stopped to let off passengers and may have blocked Mr. Abelaez' vision, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

“Arbelaez attempted to cross Broad Street and as he entered the inside lane, he was struck by the Jordan vehicle and ejected from the scooter,” Ms. Sorrow said. “He struck the windshield and then came to rest on the roadway.”

Mr. Arbelaez was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center, Ms. Sorrow said. His condition was unknown late Tuesday.

But police said the student suffered "significant head injuries," the Athens Banner-Herald reported.

There was no report of anyone else being injured in the incident.

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