MANKATO — A Mankato college student remained in critical condition Wednesday, three days after receiving serious head injuries from a fall off the bumper of a city bus.
Dylan Taylor Smyth, 21, is hospitalized at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.
He is listed at Minnesota State University as a student studying manufacturing, engineering and technology, who lives in Mankato but is from New Ulm.
At 2:22 a.m. Sunday police were dispatched to the intersection of Warren and Pleasant streets after a report of a person lying in the street.
Witness statements and a review of surveillance camera footage showed Smyth was hanging onto the back of the Late Night Express bus and standing on the rear bumper as it left the downtown Cherry Street bus stop.
Several blocks later he fell from the back of the bus — the driver and others on the bus unaware he had been there.
The Late Night Express service was started in 2004, a year after a massive homecoming night riot near the Minnesota State University campus prompted a variety of community meetings and policy changes related to binge drinking and student safety.
The bus — casually referred to as the “drunk bus” — charges $1 fares to pick people up downtown and drop them off near MSU and off-campus housing. There is no set drop-off route, with the driver deciding the most efficient route at any given time. The bus only transports people from downtown and doesn’t bring people to the bar area.