Updated: 05/08/2014 1:04 PM
Created: 05/07/2014 3:59 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert
A college student trying to ride on the back bumper of a bus in Mankato suffered severe head injuries last weekend.
Dylan T. Smyth, 21, suffered the injuries around 2:20 a.m. Sunday when he fell from the back bumper of the Late Night Express bus near Warren and Pleasant Streets, the Mankato Department of Public Safety said.
Emergency personnel transported him to Mayo Health System, where he remained in critical condition Thursday.
His parents, Paul and Troy Smith, released a statement Thursday thanking the city and Minnesota State University, Mankato for providing the "sober bus."
"On Saturday night, (Dylan) made a number of very good decisions; including not driving home," the statement said. "His attempt to ride on the back of the bus was not a stunt - it was an effort to get home."
Paul and Troy said Dylan made two attempts to board the bus, but it was full.
Police, witnesses, and video surveillance show Dylan standing on the back bumper as the bus left downtown and then falling soon after.
The Late Night Express is provided by the city to give people a safe ride home from the bars back to campus and housing near campus.